Septic Joint: A Limb-Threatening Infection

by Expert Reviewer: Catherine J. Swift, MT(ASCP); Expert Reviewer: Daniel Migliaccio, MD; Instructor: Olive Peart, MS,RT(R)(M); Instructor: Steven S. Bhimji, MD, PhD

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Course Overview

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.
 

About the Course Author

Catherine Swift, MT(ASCP) is the clinical laboratory science editor for Relias Learning. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Hastings College and a Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology from North Colorado Medical Center. She has experience working in hospital laboratories, clinic laboratories, and research experience in microbiology as well as clinical research trials involving patients and various drug therapies for osteoporosis, endometriosis and bone density at Creighton University School of Medicine. Catherine J. Swift, MT(ASCP) has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Dr. Daniel Migliaccio is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at Stanford University. During Residency,  Dr. Migliaccio was able to obtain an Honors Certificate in Medical Education from the Clinical Teaching Scholars Honors Program. He was also fortunate enough to be able to focus on his ultrasound skills, leading to an award for Outstanding Achievement in Ultrasound. Dr. Migliaccio is passionate about medical education, point of care ultrasound, and optimizing patient care using current literature. He is currently Vice President of the Young Physician Section of AAEM and is enthusiastic about promoting Emergency Medicine and patient care nationally. Daniel Migliaccio, MD has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.

Olive Peart, MS, RT(R)(M), is a SME Writer with Relias. She is an established author, educator and radiographer. Olive has authored several radiology and mammography textbooks and regularly presents mammography and other radiography-related topics at seminars throughout the United States and Canada plus internationally via webinars.

Olive Peart, MS,RT(R)(M) has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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    1.00HOURS

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    1.00HOURS

    This activity is approved for credit by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) until 8/1/2021.
    Approved by the ASRT for Category A continuing education credit
    This activity may be available in multiple formats or from different sponsors. ASRT regulations state that an individual may not repeat a self-learning activity for credit if it was reported in the same or any subsequent biennium.
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Course Details
  • Course Code:

    REL-ACU-0-RAD14
  • Hours:

    1.00
  • Type:

    Online Course
  • Release Date:

    2019-05-01
  • Expiration Date:

    2023-06-30
  • Learning Objectives:

    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 septic joint treatment.
  • Outline:

    Section 1: Introduction
    About This Course
    Learning Objectives
    Section 2: Overview
    Epidemiology
    Bacterial Infection
    Pathophysiology
    Section 3: Diagnosis and Risk Factors
    History of Presentation
    Risk Factors
    Symptoms
    Diagnosis
    Culture
    Section 4: Imaging and Treatment
    Radiological Imaging
    Treatment Considerations
    Interprofessional Approach
    Antibiotic Selection
    Antibiotic Therapy
    Joint Immobilization and Physical Therapy
    Synovial Fluid Drainage
    Infection Prevention
    Complications of Septic Arthritis
    Prognosis
    Patient Education
    Section 5: Clinical Vignette
    Section 6: Conclusion
    Summary
    Course Contributors
    References
  • Target Audience:

    The target audience for this course is: Clinical Laboratory Personnel; Physicians; Radiologic Technologists; in the following settings: Acute Care Facility.
  • Course Delivery Method and Format:

    Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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    All characteristics and organizations referenced in the following training are fictional. Any resemblance to any actual organizations or persons living or dead, is purely coincidental.
    To earn continuing education credit for this course you must achieve a passing score of 80% on the post-test and complete the course evaluation.
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  • Disclosures:

    Expert Reviewers, Instructors, and Staff Writers disclosures will be listed above after the individuals' biographical paragraph. All other members involved within the planning of this educational activity have declared no conflict of interest exists when planning and developing this course.
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