Bloodstream Infections: Management and Research, ESCMID Postgraduate Education Course

27 - 28 March 2014, Seville, Spain

  • ESCMID Study Group for Bloodstream Infections and Sepsis (ESGBIS)
  • University of Seville, Seville, Spain
  • University Hospital, Freiburg, Germany
  • Red Española de Investigación en Patología Infecciosa (REIPI)
  • Sociedad Española de Enfermedades Infecciosas y Microbiología Clínica (SEIMC)
  • German Society for Infectious Diseases (DGI)
  • Sociedad Andaluza de Enfermedades Infecciosas (SAEI)
  • Sociedad Andaluza de Microbiología y Parasitología Clínica (SAMPAC)
Course Coordinators
  • Alvaro Pascual, Seville, Spain
  • Winfried Kern, Freiburg, Germany
  • Pilar Retamar, Seville, Spain
  • Belén Gutiérrez, Seville, Spain
Course Objectives

Bloodstream infections (BSIs) are frequent; the population-based incidence of bacteraemia has been increasing over the last decade because of the higher number of predisposed patients and invasive procedures performed. BSIs are associated with significant morbidity, mortality and healthcare costs. Appropriate clinical management including early appropriate antibiotic therapy is associated with improved outcomes. There is large room for improvement in clinical management of these conditions in most centres. Also, BSIs, although not a clinical syndrome (because it includes primary BSIs and BSIs secondary to other sources of infection), are a very convenient model for clinical research and surveillance of invasive infections and antimicrobial resistance and its clinical impact.

The objectives of the course are:

  • To learn about the microbiological procedures to diagnose BSIs and the best ways to report the results of blood cultures.
  • To adequately evaluate patients with BSI and provide advice for the clinical management of these patients.
  • To learn taking decisions about definitive therapies in different clinical situations and for different microorganisms and resistances.
  • To discuss the importance of multidisciplinary bacteraemia teams to improve the management and outcomes of patients with BSI.
  • To provide information about the quality indicators in BSIs that can be used as tools for improving practice.
  • To learn using the information from BSI episodes as a tool for clinical research.

New Course Venue

Hotel TRYP Macarena
San Juan de Ribera 2
Seville, Spain

Target Audience

Up to 60 infectious disease specialists, internal medicine specialists, intensive care specialists and clinical microbiologists working in the field of bloodstream infections and sepsis, wishing to start bacteraemia programmes or with research interest in the field.

Contact Person

Jesús Rodríguez-Baño
Unidad de Enfermedades Infecciosas
Hospital Universitario Virgen Macarena
Avda Dr Fedriani 3
41009 Seville, Spain

Phone +34 661 437 062
Fax +34 955 926 552

Scientific Secretariat

Belén Gutiérrez
Unidad de Enfermedades Infecciosas
Hospital Universitario Virgen Macarena
Avda Dr Fedriani 3
41009 Seville, Spain

Phone +34 955 926 553
Fax +34 955 926 552

Course Programme

Presentations are availabe in the ESCMID Online Lecture Library.

Thursday, 27 March 2014

08:45 – 09:00 Arrival and registration
09:00 – 09:15 Welcome and introduction. Alvaro Pascual
09:15 – 09:45 Bloodstream infections: epidemiology and burden worldwide.
                          Henrik Schønheyder
09:45 – 10:15 Microbiological procedures and rapid tests. Martin Sundqvist
10:15 – 10:45 Microbiological evaluation: how to report the results.
                          Alvaro Pascual
10:45 – 11:15 Initial clinical evaluation and advice. Benito Almirante
11:15 – 11:45 Coffee break
11:45 – 13:15 Simultaneous workshops: management of BSI due to                                                  Gram-negatives according to patient, source and MIC.                                                 Pilar Retamar, Jesús Rodríguez-Baño and Mario Tumbarello
13:15 – 15:00 Lunch
15:00 – 17:00 Simultaneous workshops: management of BSI due to                                                  Gram-positives and Candida according to patient, source and                                   MIC. Harald Seifert and Benito Almirante
18:00                Social programme (cultural visit and dinner)

Friday, 28 March 2014

08:30 – 09:15 Research in BSI: purposes, designs. Yehuda Carmeli
09:15 – 10:00 Research in BSI: confounders, outcomes. Jesús Rodríguez-Baño
10:00 – 11:30 Simultaneous workshops: real practice diagnosis and                                                 management of BSI with unknown source and catheter-                                              related BSI. Emilia Cercenado, Jose Miguel Cisneros,                                                 Alvaro Pascual & Jose Molina
11:30 – 12:00 Coffee break
12:00 – 13:30 Simultaneous workshops: BSI in difficult patients.
                          Sibel Ascioglu and Pierluigi Viale
13:30 – 15:15 Lunch
15:15 – 16:00 Bloodstream infections: quality assessment. Winfried Kern
16:00 – 16:15 Final remarks. Jesús Rodríguez-Baño

Faculty Members
  • Benito Almirante, Barcelona, Spain
  • Sibel Ascioglu, Ankara, Turkey
  • Yehuda Carmeli, Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Emilia Cercenado, Madrid, Spain
  • Jose Miguel Cisneros, Seville, Spain
  • Winfried Kern, Freiburg, Germany
  • Jose Molina, Seville, Spain
  • Alvaro Pascual, Seville, Spain
  • Pilar Retamar, Seville, Spain
  • Jesús Rodríguez-Baño, Seville, Spain
  • Henrik Schønheyder, Aarhus, Denmark
  • Harald Seifert, Cologne, Germany
  • Martin Sundqvist, Växjö, Sweden
  • Mario Tumbarello, Rome, Italy
  • Pierluigi Viale, Bologna, Italy