A major problem facing infection control personnel is the recent upsurge in the numbers of drug resistant bacteria, viruses and other organisms. Resistance has strengthened some disease-causing organisms and also spawned new ones. Many of these newly emergent strains are resistant to more than one antimicrobial agent, making them very difficult to treat and some are even life-threatening. It is essential for healthcare professionals and the public to work together to combat the spread of drug-resistant pathogens.
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 program introduces healthcare professionals to the most threatening and hazardous of the current drug-resistant pathogens. It discusses the origin of drug resistance, identifies new deadly microorganisms and lists common therapeutic drugs. The goal is to analyze why pathogens are becoming resistant and create an awareness of the risks associated with indiscriminate use of antimicrobial agents.
After completing this course, the learner should be able to:Describe how antibiotic misuse leads to drug resistance.Identify contributing causes, both in and out of the medical field. Describe the major nosocomial threats.Identify a course of action and possible solutions for preventing the development of more drug-resistant pathogens in the future.