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The emergence of antimicrobial resistance in many pathogens threatens to reverse much of the progress the world has made against disease over the past 50 years.

Miracle drug after miracle drug has lost its "miracle" status as statistics show that 28% of the bacteria most common in hospital-acquired infections are now resistant to the preferred antibiotics for treating them. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, (CDC), have become so worried that they are working with world health bodies on a global campaign against antimicrobial resistance, and they have launched a major campaign in the United States against antimicrobial resistance.

To complete this course, you must do the following:

  • Read the Overview and Course Objectives.
  • Study the Terminology.
  • Read the course material.
  • Complete the Learning Activity.
  • Complete the Post Test with a score of 80% or more.

    This workbook describes the emergence of antimicrobial-resistant pathogens and the recommendations of the CDC and others to fight back against them. The material is organized around the following categories:

  • Introduction
  • Causes Of Antimicrobial Resistance
  • New Drug-Resistant Pathogens
  • The Global Counterattack
  • What You Can Do
  • Conclusion


    The purpose of this program is to provide nurses and others an understanding of antimicrobial-resistant pathogens and the means to fight back against them.

    After completing this course, the learner should be able to:

  • Describe the genetic causes of antimicrobial resistance.
  • Describe the human causes of antimicrobial resistance in the medical community.
  • Describe the human causes of antimicrobial resistance outside the medical community.
  • Name the major resistant pathogens, and the antibiotics that will still work against them.
  • Describe the major actions of the global counterattack against resistant pathogens.
  • Describe what the CDC recommends healthcare workers do in acute care facilities against emerging resistant pathogens.


    To receive credit for this course, and obtain your CE certificate, you must:

  • Review the course material
  • Take and pass the post test with a score of 80% or more
  • Complete the educational activity evaluation.

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