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OMSKU V- Head and Neck Infections


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Upon completion of this activity, learners should be able to:

  • Differentiate between hospital associated MRSA and community acquired MRSA.
  • Discuss the epidemiology, colonization, and risk factors of MRSA.
  • Describe the three key steps to prevent MRSA transmission.
  • Explain the treatment of MRSA.
  • Identify the pathogens that cause odontogenic and non-odontogenic infections of the head and neck.
  • Recognize recent changes in nomenclature among the significant pathogens of the head and neck.
  • Describe appropriate culture and sensitivity sampling techniques.
  • Delineate appropriate antibiotic therapy for a wide range of infections and organisms, avoiding toxicities and drug interactions.
  • Recall the pharmacokinetics and coverage of the current antibiotics used to treat head and neck infections.
  • Understand the treatment of VRE.
  • Describe the basic principles of computed tomography and generations of CT scanners.
  • Explain the advantages of multi-detector computed tomography (MDCT).
  • Recognize common and uncommon radiographic images of head and neck infections.
  • Identify and evaluate the emergently compromised airway.
  • Describe the current sequence algorithm for management of the difficult airway.
  • Explain the indications and technique for cricothyrotomy.
  • Describe the anatomy of the fascial spaces of the head and neck.
  • Describe the exposure and surgical technique for carrying out incision and drainage of the fascial spaces of the head and neck.
  • Explain how the fascial spaces communicate with one another and become involved as infections progress.
  • Describe HPV driven malignant transformation.
  • Describe HPV transmission to the oral cavity.
  • Recall the anatomy of the orbit and its contiguous structures.
  • Describe the classification systems utilized for orbital infections.
  • Associate the common bacteria involved with Periorbital infections and appropriate antibiotic regimens.
  • Recall the classification, etiologies, and epidemiology of otitis media.
  • Identify the clinical manifestations of otitis media.
  • Identify the signs of progression of otitis media to acute mastoiditis.
  • Recall the elements of a functionally competent immune system.
  • Recognize immune dysfunction associated with specific diseases.
  • Discuss the special considerations of infection management in the immunocompromised patient.
  • Recall the epidemiology of actinomycosis and the microbiology of the group Actinomycetaceae.
  • Describe the clinical features and methods of diagnosis of Cervicofacial Actinomycoses.
  • Discuss the principles of treatment of cervicalfacial Actinomycoses.
  • Discuss the epidemiology and microbiology of wound colonization and infection in combat.
  • Recall the measures that are taken to prevent combat maxillofacial wound infections.
  • Discuss the methods of managing battlefield head and neck infections.
  • Identify the common fungal infections that occur in the head and neck.
  • Explain the microbiology and classification of fungal sinusitis.
  • Discuss the management of fungal infections.
Upon successful completion of this section, earn up to 10 CDE/CME credits.

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