Septic Joint: A Limb-Threatening Infection - CMEZ14

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)
(4.4 / 24 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Medicine (1.00 Credits)
Physician (1.00 Credits)

Price: $15.00
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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

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including physicians, laboratory professionals and radiologic technologists.
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OnCourse Learning is also approved by the Florida Board of Medicine, Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine, and Florida Physician Assistants (provider # 50-1489).
Physician Continuing Education Credit
OnCourse Learning designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
There is no commercial support provided for this online educational activity.

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

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Dana B - Eagan, MN  ·  May 14, 2019
nice, basic description of septic arthritis. good questions to help you remember how to recognize and treat disease
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Augustine M - Narragansett, RI  ·  Jan 18, 2019
excellent course - I have a much better understanding now of treatment options for a septic joint
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Carl N - Milton, GA  ·  Dec 30, 2018
Disorganized approach leads to ineffective learning
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Steven S - Raleigh, NC  ·  Oct 17, 2018
concise, factual, helpful
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Milissa S - RINER, VA  ·  Jun 25, 2018
good course for learning
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Price: $15.00
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