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Understanding Antibiotic Resistance

Antibiotic resistance is a natural outcome of antibiotic use.

While antibiotic resistance cannot be prevented, the spread of bacterial resistance can be slowed.

Using antibiotics wisely is the only way to slow down the spread of antibiotic resistance

This course has been designed to teach how antibiotics can be used in a way that will help preserve their effectiveness.

Courseware Learning Objectives

After completing this course, 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