The Artificial Pancreas: The Promise of Saving Lives
Explain the functions of the pancreas and how the artificial pancreas is being used to mimic pancreatic endocrine functions.
Discuss statistics, prevalence and pathophysiology of Type 1 diabetes.
Identify the benefits and limitations of the artificial pancreas.
1.0 Free CEUs for Nurses
Free until 10/28/15
21st Century Self Portrait- Brain
3D Imaging Techniques for CT– Relate some of the historical perspectives and key milestones in 3D imaging development.
Define the purpose and basic process for 3D imaging including 3D scanning and image generation.
Identify common 3D space transformations.
Describe several post-processing techniques with their specific advantages, disadvantages, and appropriate clinical applications.
Discuss some of the current and future issues related to 3D imaging, including the role of the technologist.
1.0 Free AHRA CEUs for Radiologic Technicians
Achieving Compliance with First Class Setups
Save time and reduce costs associated with new patient setups.
This course will provide an overview of how to make new patient setups more efficient and effective.
This course is approved by the AARC, the BRPT for 1 credit hour.
1.0 Free CEUs for Sleep Techs
New Insights into the Management & Treatment of VTE– Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a disease that includes both deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a serious condition where blood clots develop deep in the veins and pulmonary embolism (PE). VTE is the most common potentially preventable form of hospital-related mortality in the United States. Prevention of VTE has been identified as one of the most important in-hospital safety practices in the United States. The VTE guidelines produced by the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) are consistently being updated to provide a framework for clinical practice and prophylaxis policies in VTE prevention, diagnosis and management. Implementation of guidelines and best practices for prevention, diagnosis, and management can potentially reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with VTE. Pharmacologic methods to prevent VTE are considered safe, effective, and cost-effective, yet studies continue to show that these preventive methods are underused. Managed care professionals need to understand the importance of risk assessment and VTE prevention through prophylaxis treatment, particularly for those undergoing total hip or knee replacement surgery, in order to improve patient outcomes. Additionally, healthcare professionals need to be aware of investigational, novel agents in development.
Discuss the challenges and barriers to improving outcomes in patients with VTE
Examine diagnostic measures regarding decisions on intensity and duration of treatment for VTE.
Assess individualization of anticoagulant therapy, including the choice of therapeutic agent, the route of administration, and the appropriate setting for treatment.
Analyze emerging evidence regarding the optimal management of VTE, including the selection of risk-appropriate anticoagulant therapy and ideal duration of treatment.
Evaluate the current evidence-based recommendations of novel oral anticoagulants to treat patients with VTE.
1.0 Free CEUs for Nurses
This course also offers Free CME for Physicians
Complications Resulting from Long Lie Times After a Fall – Falls in older adults have become an epidemic problem that jeopardizes seniors’ chances to live independently. Every year in the U.S., one out of three people age 65 and over will fall. Close to 50 percent of older adults can’t get up from a fall without help. Lying on the floor for an extended period of time can lead to serious complications including pressure ulcers, rhabdomyolysis, pneumonia, hypothermia, dehydration, and even death. The first line of defense in falls safety is to prevent falls, but the reality is not all falls can be prevented. The second line of defense is to prevent long lie times after the fall which can lead to these serious health complications which negatively impact the quality of life for seniors and are costly to the healthcare system. This presentation describes the complications that can result from long lie times after a fall. A healthcare professional will be able to use the information in their conversation with older adults to help them understand the importance of having a plan to get up safely after a fall and to have a way to call for quick assistance.
1.Discuss the statistics on the incidence and prevalence of falls and their impact on seniors.
2. Review the physiologic changes of aging that predispose an older adult to falls.
3. Identify screening tools for falls history and risk identification.
4. Discuss the serious health consequences than can result from long lie times after a fall.
5. Explain the benefits of preventing long lie times for older adults and their caregivers.
6. Discuss the role of health care professionals and organizations in falls prevention and preventing long lie times.
1.5 Free CEUs for Occupational Therapists
Fueling for Exercise and Recovery-How to Optimize Carbohydrate Intake– Athletes continually seek strategies to improve performance, but not all methods are safe or effective. Adequate carbohydrate stores (muscle and liver glycogen and blood glucose) are critical for optimum athletic performance during intermittent high-intensity work and prolonged endurance exercise. Fueling with adequate carbohydrates before, during and after endurance events can enhance performance in endurance and ultra-endurance events. Recent research reveals that using multiple carbohydrate sources compared to a single source allows for a greater use of carbohydrate in events lasting more than three hours. Nutritional strategies that enhance carbohydrate availability before, during and after exercise can improve an athlete’s performance.
Identify an appropriate carbohydrate intake regimen as well as the rationale for using it before, during and after exercise based on a variety of factors, including body weight and type, and duration and intensity of activity being performed.
Describe the effectiveness of various forms and sources of carbohydrate, including usefulness of the glycemic index.
Discuss the effectiveness of other substrates on exercise performance, such as low-carb, high-fat and high-protein regimens.
1.0 Free CEUs for Physical Therapists
Free until 5/5/16
Patient-Ventilator Synchrony wtih NIV-What, Why, and How To Deal With It?
Patient-ventilator asynchrony occurs commonly during noninvasive mechanical ventilation and interferes with effective delivery as well as safety. You will be able to determine which key strategies will help avoid asynchrony and provide successful noninvasive ventilation for your patients.
1.0 Free CEUs for Respiratory Therapists
Management of Chronic Kidney Disease Stages 1–3– The prevalence of chronic kidney disease in the United States is rising for every stage of chronic kidney disease (CKD). CKD is associated with a number of adverse outcomes, including increased risk for mortality, cardiovascular disease, end stage renal disease, bone loss and fractures, infections, cognitive impairment, and frailty. Treatment of nonprimary CKD is often not directed at the CKD, but rather at underlying conditions or cardiovascular risk factors, such as hypertension or diabetes. Treatments may include blood pressure lowering medications, such as angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEI) and angiotensin receptor blockers (ARB), or other nonspecific therapies and other nonpharmacological interventions targeted, for example, at blood pressure control, glycemic control, cholesterol control, and obesity treatment.
This continuing medical education activity covers data from a systematic review of existing research that was conducted by the Minnesota Evidence-based Practice Center to evaluate the level of evidence currently available regarding screening, monitoring, and treatments for CKD, stages 1–3. It provides an overview of the comparative benefits and adverse effects of interventions for CKD, stages 1–3. This information is intended to inform patient care decisions by primary care practitioners.
Identify the benefits of medications and other interventions used as monotherapy or in combination for the treatment of chronic kidney disease, stages 1–3, with respect to the long-term outcomes of mortality and end-stage renal disease, as well as short-term vascular outcomes.
Identify the risks of adverse events resulting from interventions used as monotherapy or in combination for the treatment of chronic kidney disease, stages 1–3, with respect to the long-term outcomes of mortality and end-stage renal disease, as well as short-term vascular outcomes.
1.0 Free AMA Pra CAT 1 CME for Physicians
Expert Insights on Expanding Treatment Options for Patients with Advanced Gastric Cancer – Gastric cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death worldwide. Compared with other malignancies, gastric cancer has a relatively low incidence in the United States but the mortality rate remains high. In the Western world, the majority of gastric cancer diagnoses are made at an advanced stage in which either the tumor is inoperable or has a high chance of recurrence following surgical resection. Chemotherapy has a well-defined role in the treatment of patients with advanced gastric cancer, but recent increases in knowledge regarding the molecular mechanisms that drive gastric carcinogenesis may offer some patients new therapeutic options.
This educational activity will increase learners’ knowledge of the current understanding of tumor biology, risk factors, and management of gastric cancer as well as the rationale for and mechanisms of action of molecularly targeted agents currently approved or under investigation for the treatment of advanced gastric cancer. Additionally, this online publication features expert discussion of a realistic, clinical case designed to provide information immediately applicable to clinical practice. Corresponding faculty discussion has been captured to provide expert perspective regarding current clinical evidence and treatment options.
Describe unmet needs in the current understanding of tumor biology, risk factors, and management of gastric cancer.
Assess the efficacy, safety, and tolerability of current chemotherapy regimens for patients with advanced gastric cancer, while considering their patient- and disease-specific characteristics.
Explain the rationale for the development of new molecularly targeted agents for treatment of advanced gastric cancer.
Summarize the mechanisms of action, therapeutic efficacy, safety, and tolerability of new and emerging molecularly targeted therapies currently in phase 3 clinical development for treatment of patients with advanced gastric cancer.
1.0 Free CEUs for Nurses
This course also offers Free CME for Physicians
AAC Performance Report: Definition, Generation, and Use– Identify and articulate the principles and elements of evidence-based practice and their foundation in ASHA documents.
Describe and discuss the elements and use of the AAC Performance Report, and use the Performance Report Tool (PeRT) software to generate the AAC Performance Report from language sample data.
0.4 Free CEUs for Speech Therapists
TBI Child Focus Series: What Happens When a Child is Injured?
Review normal infant development, causes/impairments of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) for infants.
Review normal toddler development (12-36 months).
Review normal 4-5 year old development.
Review normal elementary aged child development and causes/effects of TBI for 6-11 year olds.
1.0 Free CCMC CEUs for Case Managers
Rainbow Rehabilitation Centers
A Physician’s Practical Guide to Culturally Competent Care– Culturally and linguistically appropriate services help advance health equity, improve quality, and eliminate health and health care disparities.
Persistent disparities, an increasingly diverse society, and an evolving health and health care system all underscore the necessity for providing services and care in a culturally and linguistically appropriate manner.
A Physician’s Practical Guide to Culturally Competent Care equips practitioners with awareness, knowledge, and skills in culturally and linguistically appropriate services to improve the quality of services and care provided in our nation’s health and health care organizations.
Identify at least five areas related to cultural and linguistic competency in medical practice.
Identify at least three strategies to promote self-awareness about attitudes, beliefs, biases, and behaviors that may influence clinical care.
Devise strategies to enhance skills toward the provision of care in a culturally competent clinical practice.
Demonstrate the advantages of the adoption of the National CLAS Standards in clinical practice.
9.0 Free CEUs for Nurse Practitioners
This course also offers Free CME for Physicians and PAs
Reducing Agitation in Elders with Dementia–
The purpose of this course is to provide you with knowledge on how to decrease and/or prevent the frequency and severity of agitated episodes in elders who are diagnosed with dementia.
1.6 Free CEUs for Nurses
Sigma Theta Tau
Individualized Patient Care in Diabetes Management: Utilizing Insulin– This program has been designed to enhance the healthcare professional”s knowledge and understanding of insulin products and diabetes treatment strategies involving insulin. It is intended for all healthcare providers who work with or anticipate working with patients with diabetes who may require insulin. Discussed in the program are the impact of the disease, pathogenesis of diabetes, ADA/EASD approach to treatment, insulin analogs, and dosing regimens. Case studies will be used throughout the program to simulate a practice environment.
Describe the ADA/EASD patient centered approach to managing diabetes.
List the characteristics of patients who would benefit from being transitioned from oral agents to insulin.
Define the basal/bolus approach to managing diabetes with insulin therapy.
Describe the various types of insulin treatments with regards to risks and benefits and dosing guidelines.
Select an appropriate treatment regimen for patient case presented.
1.5 Free CPEUs for Registered Dieticians
This course also offers Free CEUs for Nurses (1.8), Pharmacists, and Pharmacy Techs
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Terrorism, Preparedness, and Public Health: An Introduction–
Describe the public health role in emergency response to a range of emergencies.
Recognize unusual events that might indicate an emergency.
Describe appropriate reactions to biological, chemical, and radiological events.
Describe how the science of epidemiology is used in outbreak investigations.
Defend the use of a predefined organizational structure (e.g., the Incident Command System) to assist in managing emergency events.
6.0 Free CEUs for CNAs
This course also offers Free CEUs for Nurses, Physicians, & Certified Health Education Specialists
The Importance of Sleep
State the stages of sleep.
Discuss health problems associated with non-restful sleep.
Describe interventions to improve sleep.
1.0 Free CEUs for Nurses