Disciplines: Respiratory Therapy
Hours: 10 Contact Hours
Item#: VGTMU OX 10

2018 Respiratory Therapy Value Pack

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Just $59.95
Item # VGTMU

All Courses in this Value Pack are approved by the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC).

Contact hours will be awarded until this pack’s expiration date of 2/28/19.

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Antibiotic Resistance and the Staphylococci, 2nd Edition

Price: $29.95 
Item # V7314  

This course educates respiratory therapists and other health professionals on antibiotic-resistant staphylococci, particularly methicillin-resistant staph (upwards of 25% of nosocomial isolates of Staphylococcus aureus are methicillin resistant). Transmission strains, and the clinical features of diseases caused by these pathogens are covered as well as antibiotic properties, testing, therapy for infection, prevention, and control. 



Anthrax: A Bioterrorist Weapon, 2nd Edition

Price: $29.95 
Item # V7315  

So far as is known, all primitive and civilized societies have suffered diseases caused by pathogenic microorganisms. Frequently, the results have been disastrous. One of several microbial candidates believed to have great potential as a biological weapon is the bacterium Bacillus anthracis, the cause of the infection anthrax. the threat of bioterrorism has brought anthrax beyond the point of scientific inquiry and has created new challenges for medical and public health professionals. This course presents the currently known properties of Bacillus anthracis and the understanding of the pathogenesis, approaches to diagnosis, prevention and control measures, and treatment of anthrax. Consideration also is given to selected aspects of bioweapons and features of bioterrorism.

Virus Infections: Persistent and Emerging

Price: $19.95 
Item # V7316  

Emerging and re-emerging viral infections, which include outbreaks of previously unknown pathogens or new strains of known viruses, continue to pose significant threats and challenges to human well-being globally. The convergence of these known and other less known viruses contributes to a variety of factors that enables them to expand their spectrum of activity. Such factors include mutations, the development of environmental conditions that help to spread the disease agents, the availability of an ever increasing range of susceptible hosts, and the lack of effective laboratory detection testing methods. An awareness of these factors together with current knowledge of their existence and effects is essential to control and prevention.

Adding to the dangers posed by emerging viral diseases is the appearance of new strains of many known pathogens in more virulent forms. Widespread travel, the globalization of food supplies, and the increasing overlap between the environments of humans and lower animals give viruses, as well as other microorganisms, rapid and easy access to new populations. Unfortunately, newly recognized pathogens are accelerating their distribution by spreading faster and further, affecting the security of nations and the global economy.

This intermediate-level course is geared toward all levels and disciplines of healthcare and public health professionals. The course provides information about recently discovered and reoccurring viruses. Knowledge of the origin, pathogenesis, and diagnosis of these viruses may aid in reducing the prevalence of the infections they cause.

The Revenge of the Microbes: The Conjugate Congress of Antibiotic Resistance

Price: $19.95 
Item # V7317  

When antimicrobial resistance emerges, it can have a significant impact on morbidity and mortality, as well as increased healthcare costs. Several natural and societal causative associations between a microbe and its resistance to antimicrobials are known. Natural causes include selective pressure, mutations, and gene transfer from one microbe to another. Societal causes include inappropriate use of antimicrobials; inaccurate or inadequate diagnostics; extensive use of antimicrobials, as occurs in the critical care setting; and, although debatable, agricultural use.

Education, including the basis of antimicrobial resistance together with knowledge of the major resistant pathogens, is an essential element of any program and/or strategy for the prevention and containment of such resistance. This course describes the genetic basis for antimicrobial resistance and related topics, along with the features of superbugs characterized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as urgent and serious threats because of their increasing resistance to antibiotics.