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Dr. Pontzer provides an overview of healthcare-associated infections, along with methods of prevention, diagnosis, and treatment options.

Educational objectives:

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

  • Improve management and prevent of C. difficle infections
  • Improve patient outcomes by properly managing hospital acquired UTI's
  • Identify risk factors for central line associated blood stream infections (CLABSI)

Reading Resources:

  1. A Comparison of Vancomycin and Metronidazole for the Treatment of Clostridium difficile-Associated Diarrhea, Stratified by Disease Severity. Zar FA, et al. CID. 2007;45:302-7.
  2. Strategies to Prevent Surgical Site Infections in Acute Care Hospitals. Anderson DJ, et al. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2008;29:S51.
  3. Risk Factors Associated with Complications and Mortaility in Patients with Clostridium difficile infection. Morrison RH, et al. CID 2011;52:1173.


Dr. Pontzer has no relevant relationships with any entities producing healthcare goods or services.

Accreditation Statement:

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Other health care professionals are awarded (0.075) continuing education units (CEU) which are equivalent to 0.75 contact hours.

For your credit transcript, please access our website 4 weeks post-completion at and follow the link to the Credit Transcript page. If you do not provide the last 5 digits of your SSN on the next page you will not be able to access a CME credit transcript. Providing your SSN is voluntary.

Release Date: 6/26/2012 | Last Modified On: 6/26/2012 | Expires: 6/25/2013

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