Healthcare-Associated (HA) and Community-Associated (CA) MRSA.
The purpose of this course is to explain the differences between healthcare-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (HA-MRSA) and community-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA) as well as other resistant forms, the reasons they are of such growing concern in the medical community, and treatment.

This course is available with NO ADDITIONAL FEE if you have an active one year unlimited membership!

Author:Wanda Lockwood RN, BA, MA
Course No:MRSA010912
Contact Hours:4.00
Method:Online Self Study
Course Expiration:12/31/2015  NOTE: The course must be completed by the expiration date to receive credit
Categories:Community & Home Health
Critical Care Medicine
Emergency & Trauma Medicine
Leadership & Case Management
Medical & Surgical Issues

NOTE: The course expired on 12/31/2015.

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Course Objectives
  • Explain how the resistant forms of Staphylococcus aureus developed.
  • Discuss the 5 steps in formation and dispersion of biofilms.
  • Differentiate between MRSA and VRSA.
  • List at least 6 risk factors for HA-MRSA.
  • Describe common reservoirs for HA-MRSA.
  • Explain the main elements of standard and contact precautions.
  • Discuss treatment options for HA-MRSA
  • List and explain the 4 main types of HA-MRSA infections.
  • Explain how CA-MRSA became a public health problem.
  • Explain two main differences in the isolates of HA-MRSA and CA-MRSA.
  • List the 4 primary criteria for identifying CA-MRSA.
  • List and explain the 5Cs, risk factors for CA-MRSA.
  • List at least 5 common CA-MRSA presentations.
  • Explain treatment options for CA-MRSA.
  • Explain the purpose of Get Smart for Healthcare.


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