Title: IMid-Internal Medicine – Infectious Diseases: Skin/Soft Tissue Infections; Tuberculosis; Infection Prevention
Faculty: John K. Crane, M.D., PhD., Blair Weikert, M.D., Kendal Williams, M.D., M.P.H.
Original Release Date: July 1, 2020 Expiration Date: July 1, 2023
TOPIC 1: Overview of the Inpatient Management of Skin and Soft Tissue Infections.
Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to: EBM, COMP Review the clinical presentation and categorization of common skin and soft tissue infections. 1. Differentiate common non-infectious conditions that can mimic skin and soft tissue infections. 2. Based on evidence from the CDC and standard of care publications, recognize and incorporate the changing epidemiology and resistance patterns impacting skin and soft tissue infections into therapeutic plans. 3. Recognize the types of drug-associated rashes and formulate an effective treatment plan for each.
TOPIC 2: Tuberculosis Update.
Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to: EBM, GL, COMP 1. Appraise how the changing epidemiology of tuberculosis has impacted the incidence of the disease in the U.S. 2. Detect and manage latent tuberculosis infection, including appropriate use of gamma-interferon release assays as per the CDC recommendations and Guidelines. 3. Apply the principles of treatment of TB disease, specify how to increase medication adherence, and detect adverse drug reactions. 4. Differentiate patient characteristics to anticipate multi-drug resistance.
TOPIC 3: Infection Prevention and Antibiotic Stewardship.
Antimicrobial resistance continues to be a very prominent concern in all aspect of medicine. Antibiotic stewardship is extremely important to reduce the continued development of resistance and improve patient outcomes.
Upon completion on this session, using an evidencebased approach, based on guidelines from IDSA, the participant should be able to: GL, EBM, COMP 1. Incorporate “Diagnostic Stewardship” into action plans toward Antibiotic Stewardship. 2. Use a Hospital or Health-System Antibiogram to avoid unwise use of antibiotics. 3. Distinguish between antibiotics carrying the highest risk of triggering C. difficile infection vs. lower-risk antibiotics. 4. Describe how antibiotic stewardship in the hospital can be extended to nursing homes, outpatient clinics, and the wider community.