Treatment of Hospital-Acquired Infections in Adult Inpatients

About the Course:
Infection is a significant concern for people admitted to an inpatient setting. Infections acquired in the hospital setting oftentimes are resistant to antimicrobial therapy and more virulent in nature. Types of infections include pneumonia, central line- and catheter-associated infections, and infections after surgery. Pharmacists working in inpatient settings should be familiar with these infections, common pathogens, and preferred treatment. This continuing education module will review these infections, pathogens, treatment regimens, and prevention. 

Learning Objectives: 
After completing this course, the learner will be able to: 
  • Describe the most common pathogens in hospital-acquired infections.
  • Select the most appropriate drug, dose, and duration for hospital-acquired infections.
  • Recommend monitoring parameters for antimicrobials used to treat hospital-acquired infections.
  • Evaluate appropriateness of antimicrobial therapy for patients being treated for hospital-acquired infections.
  • Choose appropriate antimicrobials based upon culture and sensitivity data for patients with hospital-acquired infections.
About the Author
Brittany Reed, PharmD is a critical care pharmacist currently practicing in the neuroscience intensive care unit.  She attended West Virginia University for pharmacy school, where she graduated in 2014.  Thereafter, she completed two years of residency, a PGY1 in pharmacy practice and a PGY2 in critical care.  Both residency years were completed at Charleston Area Medical Center in Charleston, WV.  Professionally, she is also board certified in both pharmacotherapy and critical care.  

How to receive credit:
  • A minimum test score of 75 percent is needed to obtain a credit.

Activity Type - Knowledge-based

Target Audience - Pharmacists, Pharmacists Technicians


  • Contact hours will be awarded through the expiration date.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and have your record of completion submitted through CPE Monitor and to the NABP.
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  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.