An introduction to antimicrobials
In this chapter, you’ll learn some general principles of antimicrobial stewardship designed to minimize the problem of antimicrobial resistance and adverse effects.
- An introduction to antimicrobials intro
- Grasping the principles of antimicrobial therapy
- Interpreting and verifying microscopy
- Deciphering susceptibility testing
- Appreciating multidrug-resistant organisms
- BONUS INTERVIEW: On questioning lab results.
Master the major classes of antibacterial agents. You’ll cover basic mechanisms of action, principal uses, important side effects, and also cover the newer gram-positive drugs.
- Antibiotics intro
- Administering penicillins
- Considering beta-lactamase inhibitors
- Employing cephalosporins
- Using carbapenems and monobactams
- Administering fluoroquinolones
- Working with aminoglycosides
- Administering vancomycin
- Utilizing macrolides and clindamycin
- Targeting multidrug-resistant gram-positive organisms
- Treating with colistin
- Employing nitroimidazoles
- Administering rifamycins
- Using tetracyclines
- Combining sulfonamides and trimethoprim
- BONUS INTERVIEW: Why Shakespeare is responsible for histoplasmosis in the US.
Learn how to deal with fungi. In this chapter, you’ll learn the basic mechanisms of action, principal uses, and important side effects of common antifungal agents.
- Antifungals intro
- Treating with echinocandins
- Administering azoles
- Employing polyenes
- Using terbinafine
- Considering flucytosine
- BONUS INTERVIEW: A leucemic patient with fever.
Here, the main focus will be on influenza and other viruses. You’ll cover neuraminidase inhibitors and chain terminators for treating influenza, herpes, and cytomegalovirus infections.
- Antivirals intro
- Administering anti-influenza medications
- Considering other antivirals
- BONUS INTERVIEW: Going all in for your patient.
- Antimicrobial Stewardship Essentials outro