Antibiotic Resistance and the Staphylococci, 2nd Edition - V7235


About Course #V7235

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.

About the Author(s)

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.

Course Disclosures

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • 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.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools' policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.

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