- Antibiotic risks
- Antibiotic alternatives
- Balancing risks & benefits
Prompt administration of antibiotics has been proven to improve patient outcomes in a number of diseases from sepsis to C. difficile infections. However, the CDC estimates that 20–50% of antibiotics are unnecessary or inappropriate.
Such antibiotic misuse has resulted in strains of drug-resistant bacteria that hinder and even prevent the treatment of common infectious diseases.
In this course, you will learn about:
- Balancing risk and patient need when prescribing antibiotics
- Alternatives to antibiotics for some patients
- Talking to patients and families and setting expectations
- The right antibiotic for the right patient at the right time
Did you know…
- Each year in the United States, at least 2 million people become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics
- At least 23,000 people die each year as a direct result of antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections
Course at a Glance
Target Audience: Clinicians
Time to Complete: 30 Minutes
Contributor: Morgan Ryan
Course development was guided by the expertise of Morgan Ryan, Amplifire’s Editorial Director. Morgan specializes in medical, life science, and biology course development, including the world’s most widely circulated biology textbook, E.O. Wilson’s Life on Earth. Morgan is the editor of Amplifire’s Recognizing and Managing Sepsis course.