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Disciplines: Respiratory Therapy

3 Contact Hours

  • George A. Wistreich, PhD, F(AAM)
  • Traci Marin, PhD, MPH, RRT, RPGST
Peer Reviewer(s): Beth Eliot, MS, RRT-NPS
Item#: V7235
Contents: 1 Course Book (54 pages)

Antibiotic Resistance and the Staphylococci, 2nd Edition

Price $29.95
Item # V7235
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

This course is an updated version of Antibiotic Resistance and the Staphylococci (V7179).

Expiration Date: October 15, 2019

This course educates respiratory therapists and other health professionals on antibiotic-resistant staphylococci, particularly methicillin-resistant staph (upwards of 25% of nosocomial isolates of Staphylococcus aureus are methicillin resistant). Transmission strains, and the clinical features of diseases caused by these pathogens are covered as well as antibiotic properties, testing, therapy for infection, prevention, and control. 

Course Objectives

  • Briefly discuss basic aspects of epidemiology.
  • Describe the general characteristics and pathogens of members of the genus Staphylococcus.
  • Select ways Staphylococcus aureus strains can be identified and distinguish properties of small colony variants.
  • Identify the clinical microbiology specifications of the genus Staphylococcus.
  • List the general means of transmission for Staphylococcus aureus and other species of the genus.
  • Briefly discuss Staphylococcus aureus and associated diseases.
  • Identify laboratory techniques for determining strains of Staphylococcus and other species of the genus.
  • Describe the general properties of antibiotics, such as the penicillins, and the properties of antibiotic-resistant staphylococci.
  • Discuss the means of transmission of antibiotic-resistant staphylococci and the nature of antibiotic resistance.
  • Briefly discuss approaches for the prevention and control of infections caused by antibiotic-resistant staphylococci.
  • List the risk factors for infection with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, as well as the risk factors for infection with vancomycin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.

George A. Wistreich, PhD, F(AAM), was a professor of life sciences and the former chair of life sciences and director of allied health sciences at East Los Angeles College, where he taught for more than 35 years. He has authored and coauthored more than 65 texts, laboratory manuals, study guides, and instructor’s manuals in the areas of anatomy, microbiology, physiology, sexually transmitted diseases, and medical terminology.

Traci Marin, PhD, MPH, RRT, RPGST, is an assistant research professor, program director, and professor for the Department of Cardiopulmonary Sciences, Schools of Allied Health and Medicine at Loma Linda University. She is also an adjunct researcher and advisor at the Department of Medicine, at Dr. John Shyy’s laboratory at the University of California, San Diego, as well as the founder of Tranquility Community Health. Dr. Marin received a PhD from the University of California, Riverside, in biochemistry and molecular biology; an MPH in epidemiology and biostatistics from Loma Linda University; a bachelor’s degree in emergency medical care from Loma Linda University; and an associate’s degree in respiratory therapy from Victor Valley College.

Beth Eliot, MS, RRT-NPS, is an independent facilitator for patient advocacy for the underprivileged in her immediate community. Beth received her master’s degree in microbiology from Georgetown University, a bachelor’s degree in emergency medical care from Loma Linda University, and an AS RT from Victor Valley College. She gained her experience working at Loma Linda University Medical Center and Children’s Hospital in the NICU, PICU, and emergency departments, at Loma Linda University as adjunct faculty, and at Victor Valley College as a clinical instructor.

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  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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