Nursing

1. Explain the difference between the actions of bacteriostatic and bacteriocidal drugs.

2. Explain the following terms in relation to antibiotic therapy
I.  Identification of the infecting organism
II.  Drug susceptibility
III. Host factors
IV. Empiric Therapy

3. When caring for a patient with an infection, the nurse may check the following labs.  Explain why these labs would be monitored in a patient receiving antibiotics for an infection

CBC with differential

Liver and kidney function tests

Serum drug levels of the antibiotic