Identifying and Preventing Antibiotic-Resistant Diseases and Outbreaks

Identifying and Preventing Antibiotic-Resistant Diseases and Outbreaks

Identifying and Preventing Antibiotic-Resistant Diseases and Outbreaks

Identifying and Preventing Antibiotic-Resistant Diseases and Outbreaks

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According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest public health challenges we face. Every year in the United States, over 2 million people become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics, and at least 23,000 people die due to these infections. An antimicrobial is an agent that kills or prevents the further growth of a microorganism. For example, an antibiotic is an antimicrobial that acts against bacteria. An antiviral drug acts against viruses, an antifungal medication works against fungi, and antiparasitic drugs act against parasites.

COURSE INFORMATION

45 minValid for 12 monthsCreated 2019-11-14Updated 2019-11-14

Course Objectives

  • Differentiate between antibiotic resistance and antimicrobial resistance.
  • Discuss possible causes of antimicrobial resistance.
  • Recognize the pathogens that are the biggest threats to human health.
  • Tell how healthcare-associated infections, the use of antimicrobials, and antimicrobial resistance are related.
  • Give examples of individuals who are at increased risk of developing antimicrobial resistance.
  • Identify four recommended actions to fight the spread of antimicrobial resistance.
  • Discuss antibiotic stewardship and the core elements of antibiotic stewardship for long-term care facilities

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