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Intravenous Antibiotics: Where We Are and Where We’re Going – Glycopeptides

This online CNE course has been designed for nurses administering and/or caring for the patient receiving intravenous antibiotics. IV antibiotics have been administered for nearly a century but bacterial resistance has forced an ever-increasing arsenal of drugs. In this often changing landscape, the nurse needs a working knowledge of the antimicrobial agents available, and competency to infuse these medications in all the various administration systems in use today. This course examines the medication family known as glycopeptide antibiotics, and the various classes of drugs within this family.

State Boards of Nursing have varying positions on the role of the LPN/LVN in the administration of infusion therapy, including the administration of antimicrobial agents. Competency requirements are obtained and maintained through the nurse’s employer, facility or institution. This course provides 2.00 contact hours of continuing education.

Objectives

Upon completion of this curriculum, the nurse will be able to:

  1. Identify at least two actions that have increased the incidence of antibiotic resistance.
  2. Describe the use of various intravenous antibiotic admixture containers and delivery systems.
  3. Identify the classifications of intravenous glycopeptide antibiotics and medications belonging to each class.

Curriculum

Chapter 1: Introduction     
  • Antibiotic resistance
  • Intravenous antibiotic administration systems
  • Clostridium difficile
Chapter 2: Vancomycin
     
Chapter 3: Daptomycin

Chapter 4: Televancin

Chapter 5: Dalbavancin

Chapter 6: Oritavancin

Chapter 7: Classes Similar to Glycopeptides
  • Polymixin
  • Defensin-mimetic
  • MacrocyclicDepsipeptide
Chapter 8: Antibiotic Stewardship
  • New antibiotic initiative
  • Phage therapy
  • Supplements
Chapter 9: References
  • California Bill 241
  • Implicit Bias in Healthcare
  • What is Implicit Bias?
  • Implications of Implicit Bias in Healthcare
  • How to Reduce Implicit Bias

Price: $15.00

Contact Hours: 1.5

Course Author

Pamela Clark

Pamela Clark, CRNI, is an infusion nurse with the Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. She has more than 35 years of experience in infusion therapy and infusion education with both licensed nurses and patients. Her experience spans multiple infusion settings including: acute care, long-term care, home infusion, and ambulatory infusion care. She also has experience in oncology and oncology research.

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