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Ch 17: Bacterial Skin and Wound Infections

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Watch video lessons and learn about different bacterial skin and wound infections, their treatments, and the complications that can arise. Take the quizzes that follow each lesson to test your knowledge of bacterial skin and wound infections.

About this Chapter

Most bacteria that we encounter are easily defeated by our immune systems, but some can cause dangerous skin and wound infections. You will learn about such infectious microbes as staph, anthrax, tetanus, gangrene, and even flesh-eating bacteria in this chapter. Follow along as instructors discuss different types of bacteria, the infections they can cause, and how some are treated. They will also explore some of the different complications that these bacteria can cause, such as outbreaks of staph in hospitals. After finishing this chapter, you should be able to:

  • List the types of bacteria that cause infections like staph, flesh eating, anthrax, leprosy, tetanus, and gangrene
  • Describe the symptoms of these infections, as well as the effects of being exposed to the fluorescent bacteria
  • Explain the history of identifying and treating these bacteria
  • Discuss how these infections are typically treated now
  • Talk about additional challenges that can arise from bacterial infection

Video Objective
What Is a Staph Infection? - Causes, Symptoms & Treatments Learn about staph infections and Staphylococcus aureus as well as the hospital nightmares that occur with these bacteria.
Flesh Eating Bacteria: Causes, Progression & Treatments Define Streptococcus pyogenes, Staphylococcus aureus, Clostridium perfringens, Bacteriodes fragilis, Aeromonas hydrophila, and necrotizing fasciitis as well as the symptoms of their infection and how they are treated.
Anthrax: Types, Transmission & Treatment Explore Anthrax and the bacteria that causes it: Bacillus anthracis.
What Is Leprosy? - History, Symptoms & Treatment Discover the history of leprosy and the bacteria that causes it: Mycobacterium leprae.
Tetanus: Causes, Symptoms, Treatment & Prevention In this lesson, you'll learn about tetanus and Clostridium tetani.
Gangrene: Symptoms & Treatment Explore the different types of gangrene, focusing on the bacterial types (wet and gas) and the most common causative bacteria: Clostridium perfringens.
Pseudomonas Aeruginosa: The Fluorescent Bacteria Learn what this bacteria can cause, as well as its fluorescence, pigments, problems, and treatments.

7 Lessons in Chapter 17: Bacterial Skin and Wound Infections
What Is a Staph Infection? - Causes, Symptoms & Treatments

1. What Is a Staph Infection? - Causes, Symptoms & Treatments

This lesson will discuss something known as a staph infection. We will delve into Staphylococcus aureus, MRSA, septic arthritis, toxic shock syndrome, and antibiotic resistance.

Flesh Eating Bacteria: Causes, Progression & Treatments

2. Flesh Eating Bacteria: Causes, Progression & Treatments

This lesson will discuss something commonly known as flesh eating bacteria. We'll cover some of the most common bacteria that are involved as well as terms such as fascia, necrosis, and necrotizing fasciitis.

Anthrax: Types, Transmission & Treatment

3. Anthrax: Types, Transmission & Treatment

This lesson will dive into a very famous disease, called anthrax, that causes three main forms of disease: cutaneous, gastrointestinal, and pulmonary. We will also briefly discuss something known as an endospore.

What Is Leprosy? - History, Signs & Treatment

4. What Is Leprosy? - History, Signs & Treatment

We will learn about a terrible and ancient condition known as leprosy. We'll discuss how it relates to Hansen's disease, Mycobacterium leprae, Mycobacterium lepromatosis, tuberculoid leprosy, and lepormatous leprosy.

Tetanus: Symptoms, Treatment & Prevention

5. Tetanus: Symptoms, Treatment & Prevention

In this lesson, we will discuss a well-known condition called tetanus. You will learn about the bacteria, toxins, and symptoms associated with this deadly disease.

Gangrene: Signs & Treatment

6. Gangrene: Signs & Treatment

This lesson will discuss the three major types of gangrene. We will delve into gas gangrene, wet gangrene, and dry gangrene as well as the typical causes and signs associated with these different forms.

Pseudomonas Aeruginosa: The Fluorescent Bacteria

7. Pseudomonas Aeruginosa: The Fluorescent Bacteria

This lesson will teach you about Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a type of really cool bacteria that has lots of different colors and even a particular smell. We'll explore how this bacterial plays a role in nosocomial infections as well.

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