Prediabetes: An Opportunity to Prevent Diabetes
Studies have shown that diabetes can be delayed or prevented in people with prediabetes, but risk reduction relies heavily on lifestyle changes on the part of the patients, making education and counseling of vital importance. The purpose of this course is to provide healthcare professionals with the information and skills necessary to effectively deal with this common condition and learn ways to help patients make healthy lifestyle choices. In addition, members of the public may use this course to enhance their personal knowledge of the subject matter presented.
Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:
1. Describe the general characteristics and mode of action of antibiotics commonly in use.
2. Employ best practice principles for limiting the emergence and transmission of anti-microbial resistant strains within the healthcare environment.
3. Discuss the mechanism of action, pharmacokinetics, and spectrum of activity of natural and extended-spectrum penicillins.
4. Select the most appropriate, cost-effective cephalosporin based on “generational” characteristics and spectrum of activity.
5. Describe the role of carbapenems and monobactams.
6. Discuss the characteristics, expected toxicities, and indications for the use of aminoglycosides, macrolides, and sulfonamides.
7. Outline the mechanism of action, pharmacokinetics, and advantages inherent to quinolones and the tetracyclines.
This 5-hour continuing education course is available for download for professional development; if continuing education credit is desired, please see instructions included in eBook.