Life-Threatening Fungal Infections on the Rise - CMEZ390

Life-Threatening Fungal Infections on the Rise

by Luci Perri, MSN, MPH, RN, CIC, FAPIC
(4.2 / 17 ratings )

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

Price: $15.00
CE-PRO Price: $7.50


The overall incidence of life-threatening invasive fungal infections such as Candida and Aspergillus has increased during the past several decades because, in part, of an increasing population of immunosuppressed and critically ill patients. Patients with cancer with chemotherapy-induced neutropenia (an abnormally low number of neutrophils); transplant recipients receiving immunosuppressive therapy, such as corticosteroids or cyclosporine; patients with HIV; and patients in ICUs are at an increased risk of acquiring fungal infections. The risk of infection has increased for critically ill patients with normal immune systems, as well. Nurses and other healthcare professionals need to educate these vulnerable patients about the importance of infection-control protocols to reduce their risk of developing invasive fungal infections. Such patient education can save lives.


The purpose of this fungal infection continuing education program is to inform healthcare professionals about the two most common fungi-caused invasive diseases in critically ill and immunosuppressed patients. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Describe the two major risk factors for invasive Candida infections
  • Discuss three ways to prevent spread of Candida auris
  • Explain three ways invasive Aspergillus infections can be prevented

Approval Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses and physicians.
Physicians: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
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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 # FBN 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.
Physician Assistant Continuing Education Credit
American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 1.0 hour of Category I credit for completing this program.
There is no commercial support provided for this online educational activity.

Course Originally Released on: 3/12/2013
Date of Most Recent Review: 3/5/2018
Course Termination/Update Date: 3/5/2021

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

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Parminder B - sewell, NJ  ·  Jun 14, 2018
Easy, brief, simplified course.
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Price: $15.00
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