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This comprehensive 6-part series looks at all the classes of medications currently used to treat infectious diseases and the role of the nurse in providing both patient care and patient and family teaching. The program differentiates between bacteria, viruses, yeast and fungi, and gives common examples of each. Both hospital and community acquired infections are addressed. It begins with an overview of the assessment process, including signs and symptoms of disease and laboratory tests now available for diagnosis. Detailed information is given regarding the various treatment agents, their side effects, indications and contraindications, and the appropriate use of single agent and multiple agent therapy to treat infection. Included is information on monitoring of medication blood levels and indicators of significant side effects. Also discussed are the development and proliferation of drug-resistant microbes and the role of the healthcare provider preventing this from occurring.
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