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The purpose of this course is to provide healthcare professionals with the information necessary to appropriately diagnose and treat patients with pneumonia in order to decrease the associated morbidity and mortality and public health strain. In addition, members of the public may use this course to enhance their personal knowledge of the subject matter presented.Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:1. Outline the definition and epidemiology of pneumonia and its impact on public health.2. Describe the pathophysiology of pneumonia.3. List risk factors for pneumonia infection.4. Analyze the various pneumonia syndromes, including bacteria syndromes, atypical syndromes, and Legionnaires disease.5. Use diagnostic criteria to appropriately identify and categorize pneumonia.6. Describe the key aspects of antibiotic therapy for pneumonia, including considerations for resistant organisms, adherence to therapy, and duration of treatment.7. Appropriately refer pneumonia patients in need of inpatient care.8. Provide patients and/or their families with information regarding appropriate sick-day management, transmission prevention, and medication adherence.9. Discuss strategies to prevent bacterial healthcare-associated pneumonia.10. Identify potential complications of pneumonia in various patient populations, including infection with multidrug-resistant organisms.This 10-hour continuing education course is available for download for professional development- if continuing education credit is desired, please see instructions included in eBook.