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.

Course Publication Date: July 25, 2012

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
Delivery Method:Online Self Study
Course Expiration:12/31/2015  NOTE: The course must be completed by the expiration date to receive credit
Category: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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Learning 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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