The purpose of this course is to provide a review of the major classes of antibiotics and their characteristics as well as an overview of selected individual agents within each class that are most useful for today's clinical practitioner. In addition, members of the public may use this course to enhance their personal knowledge of the subject matter presented.
Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:
1. Describe the general characteristics and mode of action of antibiotics commonly in use.
2. Employ best practice principles for limiting the emergence and transmission of anti-microbial resistant strains within the healthcare environment.
3. Discuss the mechanism of action, pharmacokinetics, and spectrum of activity of natural and extended-spectrum penicillins.
4. Select the most appropriate, cost-effective cephalosporin based on "generational" characteristics and spectrum of activity.
5. Describe the role of carbapenems and monobactams.
6. Discuss the characteristics, expected toxicities, and indications for the use of aminoglycosides, macrolides, and sulfonamides.
7. Outline the mechanism of action, pharmacokinetics, and advantages inherent to quinolones and the tetracyclines.
This 5-hour continuing education course is available for download for professional development; if continuing education credit is desired, please see instructions included in eBook.