Antibiotic Resistance Threats in the United States

$30.00 | CE Hours:6.00 | Intermediate

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CE Course Description

Antibiotics are one of the health care system's most powerful tools for fighting life-threatening infections. Unfortunately, evidence presented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that antibiotic resistance in on the rise. Antibiotic resistance is a serious concern for the CDC, the United States government, and global health care systems because it threatens the lives of millions of individuals worldwide. As a result, individual health care professionals are being asked to take part in the global fight against antibiotic resistance. With that in mind, this course reviews the CDC's antibiotic resistance report, Antibiotic Resistance Threats in the United States, 2019, to build antibiotic awareness among health care professionals and to provide vital information required to protect individuals from antibiotic resistance threats.   

Author: Antibiotic Resistance Threats in the United States, 2019 (2019 AR Threats Report) is a publication of the Antibiotic Resistance Coordination and Strategy Unit within the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

References/ Contributions by: 

CDC, Active Bacterial Core Surveillance Methodology (2019). index.html [Accessed March 5, 2019].

Kourtis AP, Hatfield K, Baggs J, et al. Vital Signs: Epidemiology and Recent Trends in MethicillinResistant and in Methicillin-Susceptible Staphylococcus aureus Bloodstream Infections—United States. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2019;68:214–219. DOI:

Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute. Performance Standards for Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing; 28th ed. CLSI supplement M100. Wayne, PA: Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute; 2018.

Retrieved From: The full 2019 AR Threats Report, including methods and appendices, is available online at

CE Course Objectives

  1. Examine the scope of the antibiotic resistance threat in the United States.
  2. Describe the challenges related to antibiotic resistance.
  3. Distinguish specific antibiotics and consider their use in treating infections.
  4. Consider actions being used to combat antibiotic resistance.
  5. Identify pathogens that pose a threat to human health.
  6. Differentiate specific pathogens and their associated level of concern.

CE Outline with Main Points

  1. The Threat of Antibiotic Resistance
  2. Challenges and Opportunities in Detection and Treatment for Antibiotic-Resistant Infections
  3. National Action to Combat Antibiotic Resistance and Pathogen Summaries
  4. Pathogen Summaries

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CAADE Approval

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Added On: 01/01/2019

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