Contemporary Management of Hypertension: Applying the Latest Evidence- Hypertension is a major risk factor for heart disease, stroke, heart failure, and kidney disease. According to recent estimates from the American Heart Association, nearly 1 in 3 adults in the United States (more than 76 million people) have hypertension. While there have been improvements within the last two decades in blood pressure awareness, treatment, and control, suboptimal blood pressure control continues to lead to significant morbidity and mortality. Only about half of US adults who are aware that they have hypertension have their blood pressure controlled. Nurse practitioners can play a key role in closing this gap by helping patients with hypertension overcome barriers to blood pressure control. Nurse practitioners are uniquely positioned to help patients achieve better blood pressure control by 1) following clinical practice guidelines for the management of hypertension; 2) tailoring hypertension treatment for individual patients based on current evidence; and 3) promoting patient adherence to hypertension treatment regimens. The goal of this activity is to improve the management of hypertension by nurse practitioners, ultimately leading to better blood pressure control and improved outcomes for patients.
Summarize updates to JNC 8 hypertension treatment guidelines and their relevance to helping patients achieve better blood pressure control.
Develop safe and effective tailored therapeutic regimens for hypertension (taking into account patient comorbidities, side effect profiles of agents, and appropriate combinations of agents).
Use adherence-promoting strategies to empower patients and caregivers and improve outcomes.
1.0 Free CEUs for Nurse Practitioners which includes 0.5 Hours of Pharmacology
This activity is supported through an independent educational grant from Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc.
Walnuts: A Whole Food with Whole Body Benefits- This interactive CE program that provides a step-by-step tutorial and offers 1 CPEU. The course is targeted to registered dietitians and is ideal for those with little or no background on walnuts and their health benefits, as well as for those who need a refresher course!
This narrated course, complete with visual aids and interactive learning activities facilitates learning, creating long-term retention of the information. The ability to cross reference with related topics allows dietitians to access to a wide variety of information.
1.0 Free CPEUs for Registered Dieticians
Right Pressure + Right Mask = Successful Treatment- Identify different types of masks. Describe when and why different masks are used including features and benefits of each. Assist the patient to pick the best interface to make the therapy work. Discuss challenges and concerns related to mask application. Recognize when the patient is having difficulty and know what to do about it.
1.0 Free CEUs for Sleep Technologists
This course also offers Free CEUs for Respiratory Therapists
Presented & Offered Free of Charge by: Devilbiss
Management of Inpatient Hyperglycemia and the Important Role of Discharge Planning- Uncontrolled hyperglycemia in hospitialized patients is a significant problem causing increased rates of morbidity and mortality. Therefore, it is important that healthcare professionals have a clear understanding of the causes and implications of hyperglycemia as well as an understanding of how to manage hyperglycemia in hospitalized patients. Transition to the outpatient setting is often overlooked for hospitalized patients leaving many confused and in poor control. Evidence suggests that there is a close correlation between strict blood glucose control and a reduction in long-term complications.
Describe the relationship between hyperglycemia and poor outcomes in hospitalized patients.
Identify the current targets for glycemic control in hospitalized patients.
Describe the methods of managing hyperglycemia in hospitalized patients.
Describe the disadvantages of using sliding scale insulin alone in managing hyperglycemia in hospitalized patients.
Outline a strategy to effectively transition patients with hyperglycemia out of the hospital that promotes effective self-management.
1.0 Free CEUs for Nurses
This course also offers Free CEUs for Pharmacists
Pediatric Tracheostsomy and Use of the Passy Muir Valve®
•Identify the timing and indications of pediatric tracheostomy.
•Review the physiological impact of tracheostomy on development and the positive impact of the Passy-Muir valve on functions of the upper airway.
•Present specific evaluation and treatment techniques with case studies and video samples.
•Collaborate with family and appropriate clinical team members for optimal treatment.
•Identify resources related to tracheostomy.
1.0 Free CEUs for Respiratory Therapists
This course also provides Free ASHA CEUs for Speech Therapists
Provided by Passy Muir
Shoulder Rehab 114 - Summarize the relationship between glenohumeral internal rotation deficit(GIRD), SLAP tears, posterior impingement, scapula dyskinesis and shoulder micro-instability. Effectively diagnose SLAP tears, posterior impingement, scapula dyskinesis and shoulder mico-instability using screening and clinical tests.. Cite common pitching pathomechanics and describe their association with specific elbow injuries.. Paraphrase the peel back model for SLAP tears. Relate proper pitching biomechanics with injury prevention strategies for the adolescent overhead athlete.
1.0 Free CEUs for Physical Therapists
Free course offered by: Chiro Credit
Acute Sinusitis- Sinusitis is a common disorder characterized by inflammation of the lining of the paranasal sinuses. In most cases, inflammation of the nasal mucosa is also involved in rhinitis; the condition is referred to as rhinosinusitis. Acute sinusitis is defined as a viral or bacteriological infection of the sinuses that is less than four weeks in duration; sinusitis is also classified as subacute sinusitis, recurrent acute sinusitis and chronic sinusitis. Antibiotic therapy for acute sinusitis requires clinical judgment, and antibiotics should not be routine for all patients because indiscriminate use can lead to bacterial resistance.
List the various treatments and the criteria for selecting a treatment for sinusitis.
Discuss the complications of sinusitis.
Describe the role of adjunctive treatments in the management of acute sinusitis.
1.0 Free AMA Pra CAT 1 CME for Physicians
Free until 12/31/14
Offered by: Gannet Health Care Group
Medicare’s Competitive Bidding Program for Tube Feeding: What You Need to Know
Understand the background of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Competitive Bidding Program.
Name the features of the program.
Describe how the program works and who is affected.
Describe what healthcare providers and Medicare beneficiaries need to know about the program.
1.0 Free CCMC CEUs for Case Managers
This course also offers Free CEUs for Social Workers and Registered Dieticians
New OTC Agents Available:Pharmacology Update-
Identify the role of nonprescription medications in self-care treatment. Describe the indication and mechanism of action for new nonpresciption medication. Evaluate nonprescription medications for drug interactions and/or contraindications. Formulate counseling information that should be provided to patients ehn recommending a nonprescription medication. Select an appropriate non prescription medication when provided a patient case, including patient specific factors.
1.15 Free AANP CEUs for Nurse Practitioners which includes 1.0 Free Hours of Pharmacology
Free course sponsored by Partners in Healthcare Education
Clostridium Difficile: An Overview- This course focuses on Clostridium Difficile seen in the nursing home resident and the role of the nursing home nurse in the management of these issues, with consideration given to race and culture.
List four risk factors for the development of Clostridium difficile associated diarrhea.
Compare and contrast the signs and symptoms of mild versus severe Clostridium difficile associated diarrhea.
Identify three diagnostic tests used in the diagnosis of Clostridium difficile.
Compare and contrast the treatment options in mild versus severe Clostridium difficile associated diarrhea.
2.0 Free CEUs for Nurses
NO LONGER OFFERED FOR FREE.
Cardiac Electrophysiology for Nuclear Medicine Technology
Describe the anatomical structures and functions of the heart.
Explore the process of electrical conduction in the heart.
Recall the properties of cardiac depolarization and repolarization.
Describe the relationship of each ECG waveform to the electrical events in the heart.
Apply correct waveform measurement, rate calculation, and analysis techniques for interpreting and ECG strip.
Describe correct lead placement.
Describe the origin and components of sinus rhythms.
Identify the origin and characteristics of atrial rhythms.
Identify the origin and characteristics of junctional rhythms.
Identify the origin and characteristics of heart blocks.
Identify the origin and characteristics of ventricular rhythms.
1.5 AHRA CEUs for Radiologic Technicians
Popular Weight-Loss Programs and Products- What do you tell clients when they ask you about the latest weight-loss product or plan? How do you evaluate these items? New weight-loss programs, books, products and supplements continuously hit the marketplace.It is important for healthcare professionals to provide knowledgeable, professional advice on selection and use of these products. This continuing education program describes key guidelines for evaluating weight-loss programs and weight-loss plans. It presents pertinent information on popular programs, such as Jenny Craig, NutriSystem, e-Diets, South Beach Diet, Weight Watchers, non-profit support programs, popular diet books, meal replacement products and over-the-counter diet aids. It identifies useful resources necessary for the well-informed healthcare professional to vet what promises to be the endless supply of new products introduced into the marketplace.
Discuss the nine key questions important for evaluating weight-loss programs, books and products.
Respond knowledgeably to client inquiries concerning popular commercial weight-loss plans and products.
Identify resources for accessing current and accurate information to evaluate the latest weight-loss programs, products and books.
2.0 Free AOTA CEUs for Occupational Therapists
Free until 12/31/14
Provided by: Gannett Healthcare Group
Live or Inactive, Nasal or Injection, Quadrivalent or Trivalent: Understanding the Differences in Influenza Vaccines- There are basically two types of vaccines: Shots and nasal-spray. There are 3 types of shots: regular, high-dose and intradermal. In addition, we now have quadrivalent and trivalent vaccines for the influenza. Every year the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) offers recommendations and guidance for the use of influenza vaccines. This knowledge based activity with review the ACIP recommendations and guidance for the 2013-14 influenza season, compare and contrast the different types of vaccines and give pharmacists a better understanding of indications, contraindications, and precautions for each type of available influenza vaccine.
Outline the Center for Disease Control’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommendations and guidance for the 2013-14 influenza season
Compare and contrast the different influenza vaccination options to include ease of use, comparative efficacy, and safety profiles.
Describe the pharmacist’s role as an immunizer and advocate for vaccinations
1.0 Free CPE for Pharmacists
This course also offers Free CEUs for PharmTechs
Provided by: FreeCE.com
ER/LA Opioid REMS: Achieving Safe Use While Improving Patient Care- FDA statistics indicate that more than 33 million Americans, teens and older, misused extended-release and long-acting (ER/LA) opioids during 2007, up from 29 million in 2002. In response to the growing epidemic of opiate abuse the FDA mandated, in July of 2012, new safety measures for ER/LA opioid medications. These measures emphasize education for prescribers and patients under the umbrella of a risk evaluation and mitigation strategy or REMS.
Describe appropriate patient assessment for treatment with ER/LA opioid analgesics, evaluating risks and potential benefits of ER/LA therapy as well as possible misuse.
Apply proper methods to initiate therapy, modify dose, and discontinue use of ER/LA opioid analgesics, applying best practices including accurate dosing and conversion techniques as well as appropriate discontinuation strategies.
Demonstrate accurate knowledge about how to manage ongoing therapy with ER/LA opioid analgesics and properly use evidence-based tools while assessing for adverse effects.
Employ methods to counsel patients and caregivers about the safe use of ER/LA opioid analgesics, including proper storage and disposal.
Review/assess general and product-specific drug information concerning ER/LA opioid analgesics and identifying potential adverse effects of ER/LA opioids.
4.0 Free AMA Pra CAT 1 CME for Physicians
Presented by American Society of Addiction Medicine
State the general definition of stress and the effects of stress on the body, mind and emotions.
Explain total behavior, a new conceptualization of behavior.
Describe specific stress management strategies.
1.0 Free CEUs for Nurses
Offered by: Advance Health Network
The Sobering Facts About Fetal Alcohol Exposure- This course describes the prevalence of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) in the United States, the range of neurodevelopment problems associated with FASD, and the consequences of it across the lifespan for affected individuals. The role of the speech-language pathologist is highlighted. FASDs are the leading preventable causes of birth defects and mental retardation in the United States. SLPs can assist in creating and disseminating educational information about the importance of not drinking while pregnant, and the effects of alcohol consumption on the unborn child. The message is simple and clear: FASDs are 100% preventable.
Discuss the spectrum of birth defects related to prenatal alcohol consumption known as fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.
List three physiologic, social-emotional, mental, or cognitive effects of alcohol spectrum disorders.
Describe the role of the speech-language pathologist (SLP) and audiologist in alcohol spectrum disorder prevention and care.
0.05 Free ASHA CEUs for Speech Therapists
Free until 12/31/14
Gannett Healthcare Group