Price: $12.001.0 Hours
Over the past two decades, the number of multidrug-resistant infections contracted both inside and outside hospitals has been rapidly increasing. In hospitals, antibiotic resistance has proliferated to such an extent that it has become a major threat to patient safety. The majority of the annual 1.7 million hospital-acquired infections and the 99,000 deaths reported in 2002 were due to antibiotic-resistant pathogens. As a group, these difficult-to-treat, multidrug-resistant pathogens have become known as ESKAPE pathogens (Enterococcus faecium, Staphylococcus aureus, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Acinetobacter baumannii, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Enterobacter species)— given that they currently cause more than two-thirds of all hospital-acquired infections and effectively “escape” the biocidal effects of most or all available drugs. This continuing education course provides nurses and physical therapists with an overview of the most troublesome antibiotic-resistant bacteria in hospitals. It discusses the increasing problem of antibiotic-resistant bacteria throughout healthcare and the community and offers strategies for reducing the spread of resistance. Healthcare workers can help improve the U.S. record by knowing if their patients are infected with a drug-resistant pathogen and by ensuring that everyone who has contact with patients adheres to appropriate infection control practices.