The End of Antibiotics: Can We ESKAPE It? - PT725

The End of Antibiotics: Can We ESKAPE It?

by Connie C. Chettle, MS, MPH, RN
(4.3 / 142 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Physical Therapy (1.00 Hour(s))

Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50


Over the past two decades, the number of multidrug-resistant infections contracted has increased. As a group, these multidrug-resistant pathogens have become known as ESKAPE pathogens (Enterococcus faecium, Staphylococcus aureus, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Acinetobacter baumannii, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Enterobacter species) given that they effectively "escape" the biocidal effects of most or all available drugs. This continuing education course provides an overview of the most troublesome antibiotic-resistant bacteria in hospitals. It discusses the increasing problem of antibiotic-resistant bacteria throughout healthcare and the community and offers strategies for reducing the spread of resistance. Healthcare workers can help improve the U.S. record by knowing if their patients are infected with a drug-resistant pathogen and by ensuring that everyone who has contact with patients adheres to appropriate infection control practices.


The goal of this continuing education course is to provide nurses, physical therapists, and physicians with an overview of the most troublesome antibiotic-resistant bacteria in hospitals. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Discuss the six antibiotic-resistant ESKAPE pathogens and explain their importance as causes of hospital-acquired infections.
  • Describe how each of the ESKAPE pathogens can be transmitted to patients.
  • Discuss the use and misuse of antibiotics in the United States.

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including nurses, physical therapists, and physicians.
Physical therapists: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at or If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at and search for this topic title.
Relias LLC (formerly OnCourse Learning) is an approved sponsor by the New York State Education Department of CE for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants from 6/11/2019 to 6/10/2022.
This activity is provided by the TX Board of PT Examiners Accredited Provider 2202008TX for 02/01/2019 to 02/28/2022 and meets continuing competence requirements for physical therapist and physical therapist assistant licensure renewal in Texas. The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE.
OnCourse Learning is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of California as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of California for 4/5/10 to 12/31/18. Relias LLC is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of California as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of California as of 1/1/2019.
Relias LLC (formerly OnCourse Learning) is a licensed physical therapy continuing education sponsor (#216.000290) with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation from October 2018 through September 30, 2020.
The FL PT Association (approval no. CE19-476092 for 01/01/19 to 12/31/19); Approval of this course does not necessarily imply the FL PT Association supports the views of the presenter or the sponsors.
The NJ Board of PT Examiners (approval no. 1801-321 for 02/01/18 to 01/31/20)
This course has been approved by the NV State Board of PT Examiners for 0.1 units of continuing education for 08/01/18 to 07/31/20.
Other states may accept this course for meeting their CE requirements. Check with your state association or board.

Course Originally Released on: 11/24/2014
Date of Most Recent Review: 6/26/2019
Course Termination/Update Date: 6/26/2022


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.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.


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Maureen A - southbury, CT  ·  Aug 30, 2019
good information on resistant baceteria
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Carolyn O - Allison Park, PA  ·  Aug 02, 2019
The course have very informative information.
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Jeff M - Altona, IL  ·  Jul 31, 2019
It was a great course
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Laura C - Sumer, SC  ·  Dec 29, 2018
All medical professionals regardless of area would benefit from this course. Added knowledge of bacteria resistance, self care, and patient care could prevent unknowing contaminations thereby, decreasing infections and illnesses.
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Elif M - Oakmont, PA  ·  Nov 14, 2018
Very helpful for someone working in the wound care setting.
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Price: $19.00
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