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Understanding Antibiotic Resistance (CE)

Pathogenic bacteria have killed untold numbers. In modern times, bacterial illness claims fewer lives. This is because of the use of antibiotics. Antibiotic resistance is a natural outcome of antibiotic use. We cannot prevent antibiotic resistance. However, we can slow the spread of bacterial resistance. This can be done by using antibiotics wisely. This course will educate nurses how to use antibiotics in a way that will help preserve their effectiveness.

Courseware Learning Objectives

After completing this continuing education activity, you should be able to:

  • Define how bacteria and antibiotics interact, putting patient safety at risk
  • Cite the scope and impact of the problem of antibiotic resistance as it affects patient safety
  • Explain how resistance develops, and how the use of antibiotics contributes to the emergence of resistance, which decreases patient safety
  • Discuss the best practices for the prudent, effective use of antibiotics that assist in improving patient safety