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  • CME
  • Pediatric Bacterial Conjunctivitis: Differentiating Disease and Incorporating Optimal Treatment Plans into Practice

  • Author(s)/Faculty: Leslie C. Citrome, MD, MPH; Russell W. Steele, MD; Terrence P. O'Brien, MD; Stuart A. Cohen, MD, MPH, FAAP
    Source: Healio – Infectious Diseases in Children Education Lab
    Type: Monograph Articles/Items: 7
    Release Date: 9/1/2012 Expiration Date: 9/30/2013
    Credit Type: CME Number of Credit(s): 1.25
    Cost: Free Provider: Vindico Medical Education
  • Conjunctivitis is a common condition encountered in pediatric practices, and pediatricians must therefore be knowledgeable of the various etiologies of this infection and their distinguishing characteristics. Treatment is often empiric and is based on the cause of the infection. There are a variety of factors that influence the selection of an antibiotic for bacterial conjunctivitis, such as efficacy, bioavailability, potency, tolerability, and cost. Treatment should be tailored to each individual patient.

Sponsorship Statement: This continuing medical education activity is sponsored by Vindico Medical Education 

Support Statement: This activity is supported by an educational grant from

Target Audience: The intended audience for this activity is pediatricians, pediatric nurse practitioners, and other allied health care professionals involved in the treatment of patients in the pediatric setting.

Learning Objectives:
After reviewing the material, participants will be able to:

    • Differentiate the etiologies and clinical findings of bacterial, viral, and allergic conjunctivitis in children.

    • Implement treatment regimens for bacterial conjunctivitis that exhibit potent bactericidal activity, reduce the   incidence of conjunctivitis, and increase adherence.

Course Chair:
Stan L. Block, MD, FAAP
Editorial Board Member
Infectious Diseases in Children
Kentucky Pediatric/Adult Research
Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
at University of Louisville
University of Kentucky
Bardstown, KY

Russell W. Steele, MD

Division Head of Infectious Diseases/Immunology
Department of Pediatrics
Ochsner Children’s Health Center
Clinical Professor, Tulane University School of Medicine
New Orleans, LA

Terrence P. O’Brien, MD
Professor of Ophthalmology
Charlotte Breyer Rodgers Distinguished Chair in Ophthalmology
Ocular Microbiology Laboratory
Bascom Palmer Eye Institute of the Palm Beaches
University of Miami
Miller School of Medicine
Miami, FL

Stuart A. Cohen, MD, MPH, FAAP
American Academy of Pediatrics District 9 (California)
Assistant Professor
University of California San Diego
San Diego County Medical Society Foundation
Children’s Primary Care Medical Group, Inc.
San Diego, CA

Vindico Medical Education is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation:
Vindico Medical Education designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurse practitioners can apply for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). AANP will accept AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ from organizations accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education. Nurse practitioners can also apply for credit through their state boards.

This enduring material is approved for 1 year from the date of original release, September 1, 2012 to September 30, 2013.

How To Participate in this Activity and Obtain CME Credit
To participate in this CME activity, you must read the objectives and articles, complete the CME posttest, and complete and return the registration form and evaluation. Provide only one (1) correct answer for each question. A satisfactory score is defined as answering 70% of the posttest questions correctly. Upon receipt of the completed materials, if a satisfactory score on the posttest is achieved, Vindico Medical Education will issue an AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ certificate.

Planning Committee and Faculty
Stan L. Block, MD, FAAP
Stuart A. Cohen, MD, MPH, FAAP
Terrence P. O’Brien, MD
Russell W. Steele, MD

External Reviewer
Rudolph S. Wagner, MD

Medical Writer
Valerie Anne Zimmerman, PhD

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The authors disclose that they do have significant financial interests in any products or class of products discussed directly or indirectly in this activity, including research support.

Planning Committee and Faculty members report the following relationship(s):
Stan L. Block, MD, FAAP
No relevant financial relationships to disclose

Stuart A. Cohen, MD, MPH, FAAP
Consulting Fees: Novartis, Sanofi

Terrence P. O’Brien, MD
Consulting Fees: Abbott, Alcon, Allergan, Bausch + Lomb, ISTA

Russell W. Steele, MD
No relevant financial relationships to disclose

External Reviewer reports the following relationship(s):
Rudolph S. Wagner, MD
Fees for Non-CME Services Received Directly from Commercial Interest: Alcon (Speakers Bureau)

Medical Writer reports the following relationship(s):
Valerie Anne Zimmerman, PhD
No relevant financial relationships to disclose

Vindico Medical Education staff report the following relationship(s):
No relevant financial relationships to disclose

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