This activity is intended for healthcare providers delivering care to women and their families.
After completing this activity, the participant should be better able to:
1. Describe the method used to identify the presence of SARS-CoV-2
2. Discuss the role of antibody testing in the diagnosis of COVID-19
Estimated time to complete activity: 0.25 hours
Postgraduate Institute for Medicine (PIM) requires instructors, planners, managers and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose any real or apparent conflict of interest (COI) they may have as related to the content of this activity. All identified COI are thoroughly vetted and resolved according to PIM policy. PIM is committed to providing its learners with high quality CME activities and related materials that promote improvements or quality in healthcare and not a specific proprietary business interest of a commercial interest.
Faculty: Susan J. Gross, MD, receives consulting fees from Cradle Genomics, and has financial interest in The ObG Project, Inc.
Planners and Managers: The PIM planners and managers, Trace Hutchison, PharmD, Samantha Mattiucci, PharmD, CHCP, Judi Smelker-Mitchek, MBA, MSN, RN, and Jan Schultz, MSN, RN, CHCP have nothing to disclose.
Fees for participating and receiving CME credit for this activity are as posted on The ObG Project website. During the period from through , participants must read the learning objectives and faculty disclosures and study the educational activity.
If you wish to receive acknowledgment for completing this activity, please complete the post-test and evaluation. Upon registering and successfully completing the post-test with a score of 100% and the activity evaluation, your certificate will be made available immediately.
For Pharmacists: Upon successfully completing the post-test with a score of 100% and the activity evaluation form, transcript information will be sent to the NABP CPE Monitor Service within 4 weeks.
In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by the Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and The ObG Project. Postgraduate Institute for Medicine is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
Postgraduate Institute for Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
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NOTE: Information and guidelines may change rapidly. Check in with listed references in ‘Learn More – Primary Sources’ to best keep up to date. CDC now recommends that everyone, even if vaccinated, be tested if they come in close contact with someone with COVID-19 due to delta variant concerns.
The CDC has provided guidance on both viral testing for SARS-CoV-2 as well as the role of antibody testing. Testing for the presence of the virus during the pandemic remains the current diagnostic standard. While antibody testing can play a role for public health teams to understand the spread of the disease, currently its use as a diagnostic test for individuals remains limited. A COVID-19 vaccine will not affect the results of SARS-CoV-2 viral tests.
Signs or Symptoms of COVID-19
Testing asymptomatic persons who have had recent known or suspected exposure to SARS-CoV-2
Note: 14 day quarantine not required of individual meets following 3 criteria: (1) Someone who has COVID-19 illness within the previous 3 months and (2) Has recovered and (3) Remains without COVID-19 symptoms
Testing for aysmptomatic persons who are fully vaccinated following recent or suspected exposure to SARS-CoV-2
Testing to determine resolution of infection
No Symptoms and No Close Contact with Someone Known to Have a COVID-19 Infection
…serologic testing should not be used to diagnose acute SARS-CoV-2 infection. Serologic tests can identify persons with resolving or past SARS-CoV-2 infection and thereby help scientists and public health experts better understand the epidemiology of SARS-CoV-2 individuals and populations at higher risk of infection
Natural acute infection from SARS-CoV-2 is determined best by diagnostic testing using a nucleic acid amplification test [NAAT] or antigen test
Resolving or previous infection is best determined by serologic testing that indicates the presence of antibody
Accumulating evidence suggests that natural infection with SARS-CoV-2 with subsequent development of antibodies may confer some level of immunity for at least 3 months
A negative serologic test does not preclude previous infection
Antibody testing may be helpful in the following situations
Unvaccinated persons who have tested antibody positive within 3 months before or immediately following an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 and who have remained asymptomatic since the current COVID-19 exposure do not need to quarantine in low risk situations
Contacts to COVID-19 should still monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19 during the 14 days after exposure and if symptoms of COVID-19 develop they should isolate and seek testing
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The opinions expressed in the educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of the planners. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.
Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information
presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed or suggested in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of their patient’s conditions and possible contraindications and/or dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.
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