Suppurative arthritis is classified as either gonococcal or nongonococcal. In younger sexually active people, nearly three-fourths of cases are due to Neisseria gonorrhoeae. In children and older people, Staphylococcus aureus is the cause of most cases of septic arthritis. The increased incidence of S. aureus parallels the use of prosthetic joints and use of immunosuppressive medications. S. aureus is responsible for more than three-fourths of infected joints in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Other causes of septic joint include streptococcus and gram-negative rods. Delay in diagnosis and/or treatment can lead to significant morbidity and mortality.
The goal of this continuing education program is to provide physicians, laboratory professionals and radiologic technologists with information about septic arthritis. After studying the information presented here, you
will be able to:
- Describe how septic arthritis is acquired and its presentation
- Discuss the laboratory and radiological tests used to make a diagnosis of septic joint
- List the principles of treatment of septic joint
Level of Instruction: Basic
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including physicians, laboratory professionals and radiologic technologists.
Laboratory professionals: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
OnCourse Learning is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) Professional Acknowledgment for Continuing Education (P.A.C.E.®) Program (provider #249).
249-014-17 "Septic Joint: A Limb-Threatening Infection" is approved 1/16/2017 to 1/31/2019.
OnCourse Learning is also approved by the Florida Board of Clinical Laboratory Personnel (provider # 50-1489).
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Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.
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