I am very pleased to introduce the latest article, “How To Choose Antibiotics For Staph Aureus Infections,” in our CE series. This series, brought to you by HMP Communications, consists of regular CE activities that qualify for one continuing education contact hour (.1 CEU). Readers will not be required to pay a processing fee for this course.
Staph aureus infections are a common finding in lower extremity infections. In this article, Mark Kosinski, DPM, guides you through the plethora of choices in choosing an appropriate antibiotic.
Dr. Kosinski also discusses the rise and impact of MRSA as well as considerations in treating those with certain medical conditions.
At the end of this article, you’ll find a 10-question exam. Please mark your responses on the postage-paid postcard and return it to HMP Communications. This course will be posted on Podiatry Today’s Web site (www.podiatrytoday.com) roughly one month after the publication date. I hope this CE series contributes to your clinical skills.
Jeff A. Hall
INSTRUCTIONS: Physicians may receive one continuing education contact hour (.1 CEU) by reading the article on pg. 53 and successfully answering the questions on pg. 58. Use the postage-paid card provided to submit your answers or log on to www.podiatrytoday.com and respond electronically.
ACCREDITATION: HMP Communications, LLC is approved by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education as a sponsor of continuing education in podiatric medicine.
DESIGNATION: This activity is approved for 1 continuing education contact hour or .1 CEU.
DISCLOSURE POLICY: All faculty participating in Continuing Education programs sponsored by HMP Communications, LLC are expected to disclose to the audience any real or apparent conflicts of interest related to the content of their presentation.
DISCLOSURE STATEMENTS: Dr. Kosinski has disclosed that he is a consultant and a member of the Speaker’s Bureau for Medicis and Pfizer.
GRADING: Answers to the CE exam will be graded by HMP Communications, LLC. Within 60 days, you will be advised that you have passed or failed the exam. A score of 70 percent or above will comprise a passing grade. A certificate will be awarded to participants who successfully complete the exam.
TARGET AUDIENCE: Podiatrists.
RELEASE DATE: October 2003.
EXPIRATION DATE: October 31, 2004.
LEARNING OBJECTIVES: At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:
• understand the effects of MRSA;
• differentiate among categories of antibiotics;
• understand considerations in prescribing antibiotics for pregnant women;
• discuss when endocarditis prophylaxis is indicated;
• determine antibiotic dose adjustments for patients undergoing hemodialysis; and
• discuss indications for recent advances in antibiotic therapy.
Sponsored by HMP Communications, LLC.