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Welcome to this course on non-fermenting gram negative bacteria, covering their defining features and role in antimicrobial resistance. This course has been developed by experts in microbiology.

Over the next two weeks, we will introduce some common species of non-fermenting gram negative bacteria, their epidemiology and the mechanisms of resistance used in this group of bacteria. This course will explore antimicrobial resistance, linking it to the challenges of non-fermenters. We will also examine the importance of infection prevention and control strategies in dealing with these bacteria, as well as their diagnosis and treatment. Through patient case studies, we will explore some of the different infections these bacteria can cause.

In this first week we will define non-fermenting bacteria and the topics which will be covered within it. We define antimicrobial resistance and the challenges this group of bacteria present to resistance. By the end of this week, you will gain an understanding of:

  • The defining metabolic characteristics of non-fermenting bacteria
  • The common species of non-fermenting bacteria, their epidemiology and their mechanisms of resistance
  • The challenges that non-fermenters present with regards to the ever-growing issue of antimicrobial resistance

A glossary of key terms for this course can be found in the downloads section below.

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This course has been approved by The Royal College of Pathologists at a level of 4 credits. The RCPath CPD approval process is in line with the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges standards and criteria for CPD activities framework guidance. Reciprocity has been agreed between colleges/faculties for all approved activities.

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We hope you find this course useful and enjoy learning about non-fermenters! We value your input and encourage you to let us know your opinions in the comments as you go along.

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