Preparedness & Community Response to Pandemics– Describe the historical context of influenza.
Describe what a pandemic is and how they occur (antigenic shift and drift).
Outline the epidemiology of influenza.
Explain surveillance activities related to influenza.
Recognize the clinical features of influenza.
Identify control measures to be taken prior/during a pandemic of influenza.
Identify response efforts and partners to a pandemic (both locally and globally).
Describe the unique characteristics of a virus.
Explain how a pandemic unfolds (pandemic phases and periods).
6.0 Free CEUs for Nurses
This course also offers Free CME for Physicians & Certified Health Education Specialists
Obesity Hypoventilation Syndrome– Define obesity hypoventilation syndrome (OHS).
Describe factors contributing to increasing prevalence of OHS.
Describe basic pathophysiologic mechanisms involved with OHS.
Identify clinical characteristics of OHS.
Review diagnostic evaluation of OHS.
Review morbidity associated with OHS.
Review available treatment approaches.
0.75 Free CEUs for Sleep Technologists
This course also offers Free CEUs for Physicians and Nurses
0.5 Free CEUs each
1. Using Written Language Assessment and Intervention to Yield Powerful Payoffs
2. Using Coaching Strategies to Engage With Families in an Early Intervention Context
3. Deriving Clinical Meaning From a Medical Chart Review
4. Stuttering: Treatment Strategies for Affective and Behavioral Roadblocks
0.2 Free ASHA CEUs total
Free until 9/30/16
Cardiovascular Program Series
5.5 Free CEUs Total- Take One or All 5!
Course 1- Patient Assessment and Diagnostic Tests– Assess findings of valvular disease and ventricular septal defects. Assess findings of fluid changes within the heart.
Complete a pertinent cardiovascular patient history. Describe blood tests that are essential to the cardiovascular assessment. Compare the noninvasive tests used to evaluate for cardiovascular dysfunction. Discuss invasive cardiovascular tests and interventions.
Course 2- Acute Coronary Syndrome and Heart Failure– Identify signs and symptoms of acute coronary syndrome. Identify diagnostic criteria for unstable angina, STEMI (ST-elevation myocardial infarction), and NSTEMI (Non ST-elevation myocardial infarction). Discuss ECG findings while comparing and contrasting ST segment differences in unstable angina, STEMI, and NSTEMI. Discuss the evidence-based practice medical/nursing management for care of the acute coronary syndrome patient. Discuss the potential complications of acute myocardial infarction. Differentiate left and right ventricular failure, as well as medical management of each. Discuss hemodynamic principles in the following patient populations: cardiogenic shock secondary to left ventricular failure, right ventricular infarction, papillary muscle rupture, acute ventricular septal defect, pulmonary emboli, and hypovolemic shock. Course 3- Heart Disease and Injury– Identify coronary revascularization procedures, including less invasive approaches. Discuss risk factors for aneurysm formation, differentiate between the types of aneurysms and locations, and the treatment options available. Identify the various cardiac structures disorders and complications that may occur. Explain the use of a temporary pacemaker and the indications for an implantable cardioverter defibrillator.
Course 4- Case Studies and Medication-Describe procedures and diagnostic tests used in the cardiovascular arena. Identify the signs and symptoms associated with cardiovascular disease. Describe common treatments and possible complications associated with cardiovascular care, including post-op complications. Identify risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease.
Course 5- Anatomy & Physiology and Hemodynamics– Describe the normal structure and function of the cardiovascular system. Analyze the relationship between autonomic nervous system response and cardiovascular function. List the factors that affect cardiac output and explain its impact on body perfusion. Describe the impact of medications on the autonomic nervous system.
5.5 Free CEUs for Nurses
Free until 10/1/16
Stop the Clot® – What Every Healthcare Professional Should Know– Explain three signs and symptoms of clots, including deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE).
Describe three factors that increase the risk of developing a blood clot in the form of a DVT and/or PE.
Describe three management considerations for the use of anticoagulant medications.
Explain three signs and symptoms of post-thrombotic syndrome that providers should include in patient education plans for blood clot survivors.
Explain two facts about pulmonary hypertension and its relationship to DVT.
Describe three appropriate treatment/management options to prevent clot re-currence and secondary complication.
2.4 Free CEUs for Nurses
This course also offers Free CME for Physicians and Pharmacists
Nutrition’s Role in Urinary Tract Infections and Hydration– Proper hydration is key in the treatment and prevention of Urinary Tract Infections. This course will provide the healthcare professional with a review of Urinary Tract Infections and nutrition’s impact along with an overview of alternative dietary treatment modalities.
Understand the factors contributing to urinary tract infections (UTIs) and their impact on older adults.
Identify current UTI treatments and their associated problems.
Recognize the role of adequate hydration for UTI prevention and treatment.
1.0 Free CEUs for Registered Dieticians
Documenting Student Performance with the Physical Therapist Assistant Clinical Performance Instrument– This online course provides a standardized training program designed to educate physical therapist assistant students, Clinical Instructors (CIs), Center Coordinators of Clinical Education (CCCEs), and Academic Coordinators of Clinical Education/Directors of Clinical Education (ACCEs/DCEs) about the appropriate, valid, and reliable use of the APTA Physical Therapist Assistant Clinical Performance Instrument (PTA CPI): Version 2010.
Identify the components of the PTA CPI and their correct application.
Use the PTA CPI to evaluate and document physical therapist assistant student clinical performance accurately.
Appropriately adhere to the copyright laws that govern the use of the PTA CPI.
3.0 Free CEUs for Physical Therapists
Improving the Management of Depression in Primary Care: Insights into Diagnosis and Treatment– Major depressive disorder (MDD) is one of the most common mental disorders diagnosed in the United States, with an estimated 16% of US adults experiencing MDD at some point during their lifetimes. According to the American Medical Association, chronic depression is often untreated and, on average, patients with depression receive the recommended quality of care only 58% of the time. The goal of this activity is to expand knowledge, skills, and competency among nurse practitioners (NPs) in diagnosing and selecting optimal individualized therapy for adults with MDD, ultimately helping to achieve the best possible patient outcomes.
Summarize guideline changes in the new Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition, that impact the diagnosis and assessment of MDD.
Assess the severity and risks of depression at the time of diagnosis.
Summarize current evidence for efficacy and safety of new therapies recently approved for the treatment of depression.
Develop customized treatment regimens for adults with depression, considering medication efficacy and safety, drug interactions, dosing options, and patient comorbidities.
Explain the benefits of using rating scales to assess patient response to depression treatment and medication side effects.
1.0 Free CEUs for Nurse Practitioners which includes 0.5 Free Pharmacology Hours
What is New with PAP Compliance–
This course will cover how to enhance and improve PAP compliance through patient education and techniques. Common questions concerning masks are reviewed.
1.0 Free CEUs for Sleep Technologists
Multidrug Resistant Bacteria – An Ongoing Global Healthcare Challenge– Multidrug resistant gram-negative bacteria represent an ongoing global healthcare challenge, with changing epidemiology and resistance patterns resulting in increased morbidity and mortality rates among hospitalized patents. This activity will review the impact of extended-spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL) and carbapenemase-producing bacteria and present comparative data on current and emerging therapies to develop strategies for initial therapy and optimal outcomes. Strategies to optimize initial antimicrobial therapy for improved outcomes will be provided.
Demonstrate an understanding of the molecular epidemiology of antibiotic resistance in bacterial pathogens. Summarize the salient features and critical differences amongst available antibiotics and those in development for use against multidrug resistant gram-negative bacteria. Describe strategies to optimize initial antimicrobial therapy to ensure effectiveness of antibiotics and reduce the development of resistance. Discuss the interventions with the potential to reduce inappropriate use of antibiotics and improve outcomes in patients with resistant bacterial infections.
1.0 Free CEUs for Nurses
This course also offers Free CME for Physicians and Pharmacists
Antipsychotic Drug Reduction: The Role of the Nursing Assistant
Define antipsychotic drugs
Recognize abnormal behaviors
Understand the CNA role in reduction
List effective alternatives to antipsychotics
1.0 Free CEUs for Certified Nursing Assistants
Medication Safety in Radiology: Often Unrecognized Issues
Discuss the different types of contrast injection systems used in imaging services and invasive cardiology, and how contrast is administered using these devices.
Identify system-based causes of errors associated with the use of medications in radiology.
Prioritize selected strategies to prevent harm and improve medication safety in radiology.
Outline current regulatory and accreditation requirements related to the use of medications in radiology, and safe ways to comply with them.
Describe pharmacy’s role in the radiology setting related to safe medication use.
2.0 Free ASRT CEUs for Radiologic Technicians
This course also offers Free CE for Pharmacists
This activity is supported by an educational grant from Bracco Diagnostics.
Strategic Competency in AAC– We will briefly discuss the four areas of communicative competencies (Linguistic, Operational, Social and Strategic).
We will take a closer look at Strategic Competency and introduce a framework to
identify needs in this area as well as goals to target these needs at different areas.
We will explore vocabulary for targeting strategic skills and review planning tools
to implement with clients/students.
Explain at least two benefits of addressing strategic competence for an individual using AAC.
Identify 1-2 strategic competency goals for an AAC user at the Emergent, Context-Dependent and Independent communication ability levels.
Describe the types of vocabulary that would target strategic competency in a communication device.
0.1 Free CEUs for Speech Therapists
Menopausal Symptoms: Comparative Effectiveness of Therapies– Discuss the comparative effectiveness of different treatments for reducing menopausal symptoms and improving quality of life.
Discuss the effects of menopausal hormone therapy preparations on coronary heart disease, stroke, or venous thromboembolism; gallbladder disease; osteoporotic fractures; or endometrial, breast, colorectal, and ovarian cancer.
Discuss the effects of nonhormone therapy preparations on coronary heart disease, stroke, or venous thromboembolism; gallbladder disease; osteoporotic fractures; and endometrial, breast, colorectal, and ovarian cancer.
Identify factors that affect the applicability of the results of the review.
1.0 Free CEUs for Nurses
This course also offers Free CME for Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Pharmacists, and Case Managers
A Systems-Based Approach to Improving Patient-Centered Care and Outcomes in COPD–
Due to the complexity of COPD management – which often requires frequent follow-up with primary care, referrals to specialists, managment of comorbidities, and may incur recurrent hospitalization – achieving optimal patient outcomes requires a multifaceted, systems-level approach. In this engaging video, esteemed faculty (Dr Fernando Martinez, Dr Byron Thomashow, and Dr MeiLan Han) take a deep dive into engaging the patient with COPD in self-care and accountability, maximizing maintenance pharmacotherapy, and implementing effective coordination of care, including referrals to pulmonary rehabilitation and timely follow-up care after hopitalization.
Incorporate current evidence and guidelines for making COPD therapy decisions that account for patient-specific factors including staging, symptom severity, risks of exacerbation, and comorbidities.
Summarize key findings from recent clinical trials on the efficacy, safety, and utility of new and emerging therapies for COPD.
Apply leading methods for ensuring effective care transitions and coordination to improve quality and clinical outcomes in COPD.
Implement evidence-based and expert consensus strategies for engaging COPD patients in effective self-management practices.
1.25 Free CEUs for Certified Case Managers
This course also offers Free CEUs for Physicians, PAs, Nurse Practitioners, Pharmacists and Nurses
A Balancing Act: Immunosuppression in Transplant Medicine– The current goal of transplant medicine and immunology is to develop strategies to extend the life and functionality of every allograft. Outcomes of renal and liver transplantation have improved; yet, allograft loss remains a substantial problem associated with increased morbidity, mortality, and costs.1 Identifying the pathologic pathways responsible for allograft loss and developing therapeutic interventions is one of the primary challenges in transplant medicine.
Education to transplant clinicians about regularly evaluating all of the aspects of post-transplant care that can contribute to allograft dysfunction or loss can improve the patient-provider dialogue to foster adherence to treatment and careful monitoring of medication levels to maintain quality of life. Patient stories, integrated in the symposium design, highlight the challenges and opportunities to coordinate care with patients in alignment with the priorities of the National Quality Strategy.
Describe the causes of antibody-mediated complications in kidney and liver transplants.
Implement regular monitoring strategies that can optimize appropriate immunosuppression while managing side effects in transplant patients.
Engage transplant patients to become participants in their treatment to promote adherence to medications and improve outcomes.
1.25 Free CEUs for Pharmacists