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Pneumonia remains one of the most dangerous infectious diseases in the United States. Although many classes of antibiotics have been developed to treat various causative agents, community-acquired pneumonia remains the sixth leading cause of death in people age 65 and older in the United States. The emergence of multi-antibiotic-resistant strains of pathogens contributes to the high rate of pneumonia. The estimated cost of a single community-acquired pneumonia hospitalization ranges from $3,000 to $13,000 (Watkins & Lemonovich, 2011).
This course provides updated information about pneumonia in adults. Topics include the major types of pneumonia, major risk factors, pathophysiology, clinical manifestations, diagnostic studies, and the treatment and prevention of pneumonia. Patients with pneumonia are treated at various sites ranging from the home to critical care units. This course is relevant for healthcare professionals who care for adults across all settings. Readers are encouraged to use the resources provided to expand their knowledge of this prevalent infectious disease.
AARC Approval #143106000
- Discuss pneumonia, including the major types, major risk factors, pathophysiology, clinical manifestations, and diagnostic studies.
- Describe the treatment and prevention of pneumonia.
Eileen S. O’Neill, PhD, RN, is Professor Emeritus at the College of Nursing at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Her areas of expertise are pathophysiology advanced practice nursing and nursing inquiry. Her clinical practice area is care of the adult patient. Dr. O’Neill’s research program centers on clinical and patient decision making including the role of technology in improving patient care. She has been published in several leading nursing journals.
- Contact hours will be awarded for up to one (1) year from the date the course is ordered, unless otherwise indicated with an expiration date.
- 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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