Antibiotics, Infection and the Evidence: Update 2023

Author(s): Douglas Houghton

Contact Hours 1.25

CERP A 1.25

Pharmacology Hours 1.25

Expires Oct 15, 2026

Topics: Infectious Disease, Pharmacology

Population: Adult

Role: APRN

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

This advanced session describes the epidemiology of common nosocomial pathogens and the optimal use of appropriate antibiotic therapy to effectively treat infection. We review current antibiotic classes and specific drugs as well as new antibiotics and those in development. In addition, we review current evidence-based guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of serious infections including CAUTI, CLABSI, VAP, HAP/CAP, necrotizing and severe soft tissue infections and C difficile infection management.


  • Explain and analyze current recommendations for the diagnosis and treatment of VAP, CAP/HAP, UTI and bloodstream infections.
  • Describe the prevalence of HAIs and MDROs in the acute care setting and how this influences antibiotic prescribing practices.
  • Choose appropriate antimicrobial therapy for at least three severe infections in the inpatient environment.

Continuing Education Disclosure Statement

Successful Completion

Learners must attend/view/read the entire activity, read Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes, and complete the associated evaluation to be awarded the contact hours or CERP. No partial credit will be awarded.


The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider number CEP 1036, for 1.25 contact hours.

Accreditation refers to recognition of continuing education only and does not imply AACN, ANCC, or CBRN approval or endorsement of any commercial products discussed or displayed in conjunction with this educational activity.


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