AMDCP Credit Designation: This session has been approved for a total of 1 Clinical credit hours toward certification as a Certified Medical Director in Long Term Care (CMD).
The American Medical Directors Association designates this educational activity fora maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Presenter(s): Jamehl L. Demons, MD; Christopher J. Crnich, MD; Kevin P. High, MD, MS Disclosure(s): Kevin P. High, MD, MS received a research grant from ViroPharma, Optimer, Pfizer Inc., and Merck & Co., Inc. and a consulting fee from Optimer and Merck & Co., Inc.
Allother presenters reported they had no relevant financial relationships todisclose. Session Description: This session presents a review of the recently revised Infectious Diseases Society of America Guidelines for Evaluation of Fever and Infection in Long Term Residents as well as data on the burden of antibiotic resistance in long term care facilities and the pros/cons of specific infection control measures. Learning Objectives:
Recognize the signs and symptoms of infection in long term care residents
Implement the guidelines for evaluation of fever and infection in long term care residents as set out by the Infectious Diseases Society of America
Evaluate the role of hospital-based infection control practices in long term care
Explain the risk factors and consequences of antibiotic resistance in long term care residents including infections with MRSA and VRE
References: Bentley DW, Bradley S, High KP, et al. Practice Guideline forEvaluation of Fever and Infection in Long-Term Care Facilities. ClinicalInfectious Diseases. 2000;31:640–653.