Working with an Interprofessional Team- Multidisciplinary, interprofessional and transdisciplinary team designations, often used interchangeably, refer to different groups in healthcare that operate with varying degrees of interaction among team members regarding patient care responsibilities. An interprofessional team is composed of members from various practices who interact, communicate continually, and share with team members information that’s contributed from their own disciplinary perspective. Generally they collaborate to solve problems that are too complex to be solved by one discipline. This program helps to increase healthcare professionals’ knowledge about the skills required to work effectively in interprofessional teams
List three advantages of the interprofessional team approach to patient care.
Describe nine characteristics or roles that team members can exhibit that enhance the functioning of the team.
Describe the four dimensions of team self-management associated with team success.
1.0 Free ASRT CEUs for Radiologic Technicians
Free until 12/31/14
Offered by: Gannett Healthcare Group
3 Part Series: Calcified Coronary Arteries: What Have We Learned? Where Do We Go?
Webcast 1: Assessing the Risk and Burden of Coronary Calcified Lesions
Discuss the incidence and burden of moderate to severe calcification in coronary artery disease.
Review risk factors for coronary calcification.
Outline techniques for coronary calcium scoring and imaging.
0.5 Free AMA Pra CAT 1 CME for Physicians Expires 7/19/14
Webcast 2: Challenges of Stent Placement in Calcified Coronary Arteries
Review the impact of vascular calcification on cardiac risk and endovascular intervention
Discuss the rationale for coronary debulking during endovascular interventions
Describe the complications of calcified coronary lesions during angioplasty with stent placement
0.5 Free AMA Pra CAT 1 CME for Physicians Expires 8/20/14
Webcast 3: Available and Emerging Techniques for Modifying Complex Coronary Calcified Lesions
Evaluate techniques for modifying coronary calcified lesions during percutaneous coronary intervention.
Compare and contrast available and emerging devices for modifying complex coronary calcified lesions.
Discuss clinical trial data of ablative devices in endovascular interventions of coronary calcification;
0.5 Free AMA Pra CAT 1 CME for Physicians Expires 8/20/14
This course also provides 1.65 Free CEUs for Nurses
Sponsored by The Academy for Continued Healthcare Learning :
Funds for this activity have been provided by an educational grant from Cardiovascular Systems, Inc.
The Aging Process: A Crash Course for Professional Caregivers
Define health, aging and quality of life.
List common chronic health conditions.
List changes in the 5 senses.
Discuss psychosocial changes in later life.
Understand healthy aging.
1.0 Free CEUs for Occupational Therapists
‘Shockingly High’ Rates Surgical Site Infections Remain a Constant Threat
Explain why prophylactic antibiotics should be given 30 to 60 minutes before incision and discontinued within 24 hours after surgery.
Discuss why giving antibiotics after wound closure does not prevent infections.
Discuss why hypothermia and hyperglycemia are included in Joint Commission core measures for preventing SSIs.
1.0 Free CEUs for Nurses
Free until 5/21/14
Shift Work Sleep Disorder: Optimizing Diagnosis and Management – Approximately 15% of the full time US workforce work shift hours outside of a traditional day shift. Shift Work Sleep Disorder (SWSD) is a sleep disorder that affects people who frequently rotate shifts or work at night. Schedules of these people go against the body’s Circadian rhythm, and individuals have difficulty adjusting to the different sleep and wake schedule. While the true prevalence of SWSD is unknown, it is estimated that approximately 14% of night shift workers meet the criteria for SWSD.
SWSD is characterized by insomnia and/or excessive sleepiness and impairs the ability to function optimally. SWSD has been associated with decreased productivity, impaired safety, negative impacts on quality of life as well as adverse effects on health outcomes. Several tools have been validated to assess excessive sleepiness. The symptoms of SWSD can be managed by using behavioral techniques as well as nonprescription and prescription therapies. This activity attempts to help clinicians understand the prevalence and consequences of SWSD and provides guidance on how to recognize, diagnose and treat SWSD when they encounter it in clinical practice.
Recognize patients who are at risk for SWSD.
Develop and implement effective diagnostic strategies that decrease the time to diagnosis of SWSD.
Utilize a sleepiness assessment tool to diagnose SWSD.
Identify dangers of sleep deprivation due to SWSD and the personal health and public safety issues that result from sleep deprivation and ineffective treatment of patients with SWSD.
Implement and effective treatment patients with diagnoses of SWSD.
1.0 Free CEUs for Sleep Techs
This course also offers Free CME for Physicians
Getting to the Heart of the Matter: Optimizing Cholesterol Management- Evaluate primary and secondary prevention evidence with statins.
Recognize “lower is better” for LDL-C and summarize data with intensive statin therapy.
Explain the importance of achieving lipid goals for reducing cardiovascular risk.
Describe management strategies for statin-intolerant patients.
Interpret statin safety data and assess benefit/risk with statins.
1.5 Free CEUs for Nurses
This course also offers Free CEUs for Physicians, Pharmacists, and Registered Dieticians
Presented by: NACCME
Supported by an independent educational grant from AstraZeneca
Blood Glucose: Pharmacy Care and Patient Self-Monitoring- Diabetes impacts millions of patients and often results in significant co-morbidities such as kidney failure, infection and blindness. Monitoring blood glucose is key to appropriate management of diabetes. Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians are in a unique position to significantly impact appropriate glucose meter selection and usage. Patient interaction regarding meters often results in additional counseling opportunities about diabetes management and ongoing monitoring. This continuing education activity addresses the relationship between diabetes physiology and appropriate monitoring, the appropriate timing of glucose monitoring, the features of glucose meters, the appropriate use of glucose meters and patient counseling procedures for pharmacists.
Identify current trends in diabetes prevalence specifically as it relates to patient interaction within a community pharmacy environment.
Discuss the role of blood glucose monitoring in the treatment and healthcare regimens of patients with Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes.
List factors that may impact glucose readings and patient technique and/or compliance with blood glucose meters.
Outline the self-monitoring of blood glucose process as needed in being able to educate patients in the use of blood glucose meters.
1.5 Free CEUs for Pharmacists & Pharmacy Techs
Provided by: ProCE
This activity is supported by an educational grant from
Pharmacology Basics- This course will describe the basic principles of pharmacology, pharmacokinetic processes including absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion, as well as several drug classes and some of the commonly seen drugs within those classes.
The participant will be familiar with the role of receptors related to medications.
The participant will identify the four components of pharmacokinetics.
The participant will be familiar with how medications are classified.
The participant will identify some medications from some commonly seen classifications, as well as their actions, uses, adverse reactions and side effects, contraindications, and implications.
4.0 Free CEUs for Nurse Practitioners which includes 4.0 Hours of Pharmacology
This course also offers Free CEUs for Nurses and Medical Assistants
Feeding A Resident- Meals are an essential part of maintaining and restoring health.
Learn how to properly assist and care for residents with this information.
How to assist a resident at mealtimes
How to feed a resident who needs assistance eating.
How to prevent choking.
1.0 Free CEUs for CNAs
Presented by: Medline University
Diagnosis of Obstructive Sleep Apnea - The purpose of this program is to familiarize non sleep specialist with the screening, evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of patients with obstructive sleep apnea syndrome. The program will introduce the basics of OSA’s pathophysiology and its negative implications, if untreated, on health and performance. We will review the basic screening and evaluation of patient’s at risk and the different options to diagnose them confidently (in lab PSG v/s Home sleep testing). We will also review the treatment alternatives and their indications and pitfalls.
1.0 Free CEUs for Nurses
Understanding Distal Radius Fractures- A fracture of the distal radius could happen while skiing, hiking, or even house cleaning. It is one of the most common fracture sites of the upper extremity. The goal of this course is to provide PTs with information regarding the epidemiology, relevant anatomy, boney healing process, and complications associated with distal radius fractures so that a successful rehabilitation program can be instituted.
List three risk factors for developing a distal radius fracture.
Describe appropriate treatments through the various stages of bone healing.
Recognize three complications of a distal radius fracture.
1.0 Free CEUs for Physical Therapists
Free until 12/31/14
Presented by: Gannett Healthcare Group
Preventing Fractures in Patients with Osteoporosis or Low Bone Density: A Review of the Evidence- Osteoporosis is a skeletal disease which causes bone tissue loss, and is associated with disability, chronic pain, and an increased risk of bone fractures. In 2007, due to the increasing prevalence and costs associated with osteoporosis, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) commissioned a systematic review of the literature on the comparative efficacy and harms of treatments for preventing osteoporotic fractures. Since the release of the original report, new formulations of bisphosphonates and a new biologic agent, denosumab, have become available in the US, prompting an update of the review.
Compare the efficacy and risks of various treatments to reduce the risk of osteoporotic fractures.
Assess the effect of adherence on treatment efficacy.
Evaluate the harms related to therapies among specific patient subpopulations.
Establish the effects of bone mineral density monitoring and long-term use of antifracture treatment on outcomes.
1.0 Free CCMC CEUs for Case Managers
This course also offers Free CEUs for Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Nurses, Pharmacists, Medical Assistants and Certified Health Education Specialists
Nutrition In The Critically Ill Obese- Obesity is one of the leading causes of preventable death in the United States, second only to smoking. The historical view point toward obesity has deemed it to be a lifestyle choice or characterological flaw. However, given the emerging research into the development of obesity and its related complications, our perspective is changing. It is now clear that obesity is a heterogeneous disease with many different subtypes. The pathophysiology associated with weight gain is much more complex than originally thought. The heterogeneous nature of the disease makes the development of treatment strategies for obesity difficult.
Obesity should not be considered a single disorder but rather a mixture of numerous subtypes. In a large cohort study of primary care patients undergoing a general physical exam, physicians only correctly identified obese patients 19.9% (505/2543) of the time. Staff physicians were less likely to identify obese patients than resident physicians. A poorly understood interaction between genetic, environmental, and complex pathophysiology is involved. The need for an overview of the epidemiology of obesity, discussion of the nature of its heterogeneity, and an explanation of its underlying genetic variability is clearly visible.
The paucity of information for the nutrition management of the obese, critically ill patient in the literature and in specialty society guidelines is problematic. The absence of such recommendations implies that obese patients should be treated no differently than their lean counterparts. However, there is no evidence that such a concept is true, and clinical experience would suggest just the opposite. Clinicians are often on their own to design the appropriate nutrition regimen, determine the need for indirect calorimetry, select the most appropriate predictive equation, decide whether pharmaconutrition should be used, identify tolerance measures, and set appropriate monitors of feeding for the obese ICU patient.
Discuss the pathophysiology related to obesity.
Identify the comorbidities of obesity which complicate ICU care.
List the current suggested nutritional recommendations for the obese ICU population.
1.0 Free CPEUs for Registered Dieticians
This course also offers Free CEUs for Physicians, PAs, and Pharmacists
Sponsored by- Dannemiller
Better Glycemic Control: How Sweet It Is!
Identify 3 complications associated with hyperglycemia in the critical care patient.
Discuss current clinical guidelines for targeted blood glucose levels.
Compare current strategies for insulin infusion management.
1.0 Free CEUs for Nurses
Grant by: Hospira
Advanced Hemodynamic Monitoring- Determine how cardiac output can be monitored and optimized in high risk surgery patients in order to improve postoperative outcomes.
Develop a Goal Directed Therapy program for patients undergoing high risk surgery in their institution.
Apply guidelines for fluid management and hemodynamic optimization in their daily clinical practice.
0.5 Free AMA Pra CAT 1 CME for Physicians
Co-sponsored by: The University of California Irvine’s School of Medicine and ScientiaCME
LEAN BODY MASS: NAVIGATING THE IMPACT OF HOSPITALIZATION ON RECOVERY AND HEALTH OUTCOMES- Describe the impact and consequences of the loss of lean body mass during/after the hospital stay.
Define clinical and functional indicators of the loss of lean body mass.
Identify the relationship between loss of muscle function and hospital re-admissions.
Explain ways to maintain or improve essential lean body mass.
1.5 Free CCMC CEUs for Case Managers
This course also offers Free CPEUs for Registered Dieticians