This continuing education (CE) session was planned to meet the needs of pharmacists and other clinicians who routinely prescribe, verify and/or monitor medications.
This presentation will review the foundation knowledge of infectious diseases with an emphasis on improving antimicrobial clinical utilization.
At the conclusion of this knowledge-based CE session, participants should be able to
- Interpret and integrate microbiology data from gram stain results, preliminary results and final identification and susceptibility reports to choose the most appropriate antibiotic regimen for a patient
- Discuss the importance of appropriate antibiotic utilization
- Compare and contrast antibiotics/antibiotic classes based on their spectrum of activity, pharmacokinetic parameters and adverse effects
- Provided a specific clinical scenario select the most appropriate antibacterial therapy taking into consideration the spectrum of activity, pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic parameters and adverse effects to maximize efficacy and reduce toxicity
- Describe antibiotic related allergic reactions and design an appropriate treatment plan for a patient with a documented beta lactam allergy
- Review the role and utilization of novel antibacterial agents
- List the core elements of antimicrobial stewardship programs (ASP) and provide examples of key ASP initiatives