I am pleased to introduce the latest article, “Understanding The Impact Of MRSA On Limb Preservation,” in our CE series. This series, brought to you by the North American Center for Continuing Medical Education (NACCME), consists of complimentary 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.
Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) continues to increase in both hospital and community settings. Accordingly, Loan Lam, DPM, Peter Blume, DPM, and Michael Palladino, DPM, discuss the range of available antibiotic options and the unique challenges of limb salvage in the face of MRSA.
At the end of this article, you’ll find a 10-question exam. Please mark your responses on the enclosed postcard and return it to NACCME. 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. 76 and successfully answering the questions on pg. 82. Use the enclosed card provided to submit your answers or log on to www.podiatrytoday.com and respond via fax to (610) 560-0502.
ACCREDITATION: NACCME 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 NACCME are expected to disclose to the audience any real or apparent conflicts of interest related to the content of their presentation.
DISCLOSURE STATEMENTS: Drs. Lam, Blume and Palladino have disclosed that they have no significant financial relationship with any organization that could be perceived as a real or apparent conflict of interest in the context of the subject of their presentation.
GRADING: Answers to the CE exam will be graded by NACCME. 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: July 2007
EXPIRATION DATE: July 31, 2008
LEARNING OBJECTIVES: At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:
• distinguish between community-acquired and hospital-acquired MRSA;
• discuss the increased prevalence of MRSA in diabetic foot infections;
• list the antibiotics that clinicians can use to treat skin and skin structure infections caused by CA-MRSA;
• review the literature on the use of linezolid, daptomycin and tigecycline in treating MRSA infections; and
• review key questions one should ask in the diagnostic workup of patients with limb-threatening infections.
Sponsored by the North American Center for Continuing Medical Education.