Septic Joint: A Limb-Threatening Infection - 249-014-17

Septic Joint: A Limb-Threatening Infection

by Steven S. Bhimji, MD, PhD and Catherine J. Swift, MT(ASCP) and Olive Peart, MS,RT(R)(M)
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This course is credentialed for:
Laboratory (1.00 Contact Hr)

Price: $10.00
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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

Accreditation Information
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.
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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).

Course Originally Released on: 4/5/2016
Date of Most Recent Review: 4/5/2016
Course Termination/Update Date: 1/31/2019

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

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Glenda G - Phoenix, AZ  ·  May 10, 2018
good information on what to look for in septic joint
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Ann P - FORT WORTH, TX  ·  Apr 18, 2018
This was a good course but I would have liked additional images of synovial fluid.
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Ireene J - Union City, CA  ·  Mar 27, 2018
very good and easy to understand
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Mary W - Oro Valley, AZ  ·  Mar 22, 2018
The course described septic joints and how knowledge of both the resistant patterns of organisms and which antibiotics are best for each were informative.
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Hazel F - Mesa, AZ  ·  Mar 22, 2018
Interesting and informative course
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