Confronting the Challenge of Health Care-Associated Infections

Pharmacy Times, November 2014 Cough & Cold, Volume 80, Issue 11

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Confronting the Challenge of Health Care—Associated Infections

Navaneeth Narayanan, PharmD, BCPS

Clinical Assistant Professor

Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Infectious Diseases Clinical Pharmacist

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital

New Brunswick, New Jersey

Educational Objectives

After participating in this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the significance of health care—associated infections and the role of antimicrobial drug resistance.
  • Recall the mechanisms of antibiotic resistance for gram-negative bacterial infections and the available treatment options for the various types of infection.
  • List the relevant types of infection caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA and discuss the evidence for available treatment options).
  • Review the current recommendations for management of Clostridium difficile infection and strategies for prevention.

Target audience:

Pharmacists

Type of activity:

Knowledge

Release date:

November 6, 2014

Expiration date:

November 6, 2016

Estimated time to complete activity:

2.0 hours

Fee:

Free

Pharmacy Times Office of Continuing Professional Education is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

This activity is approved for 2.0 contact hours (0.20 CEUs) under the ACPE universal activity number 0290-0000-14-093-H01-P. The activity is available for CE credit through November 6, 2016.