Depression- Everyone occasionally feels blue or sad. But these feelings are usually short-lived and pass within a couple of days. When you have depression, it interferes with daily life and causes pain for both you and those who care about you. Depression is a common but serious illness. Many people with a depressive illness never seek treatment. But the majority, even those with the most severe depression, can get better with treatment. Medications, psychotherapies, and other methods can effectively treat people with depression.
This free introductory course provides an overview to the various forms of depression, including signs and symptoms, co-existing conditions, causes, gender and age differences, and diagnosis and treatment options.
1.Describe the various forms and symptoms of depression
2. List illnesses that often co-exist with depression
3. Name various factors that can cause depression
4. Identify types of medications that are commonly used to treat depression
5. Describe the two main types of psychotherapy that are effective in treating depression
1.0 Free CEUs for Occupational Therapists
This course also offers Free CEUs for Social Workers
Psychological and Pharmacological Treatments for Adults with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)- The overall purpose is to inform learners about the benefits, harms, and comparative effectiveness of various treatment strategies for adults diagnosed with PTSD.
Discuss the efficacy and comparative effectiveness of psychological treatments for adults diagnosed with PTSD.
Discuss the efficacy and comparative effectiveness of pharmacological treatments for adults diagnosed with PTSD.
Identify the important adverse effects associated with treatments for adults diagnosed with PTSD.
Identify current gaps in the evidence related to the psychological and pharmacological treatments for adults with PTSD.
Provide appropriate care and counsel for patients and their families.
1.0 Free CEUs for Nurses
This course also offers Free CEUs for Physicians, PAs, Nurse Practitioners, Pharmacists, Case Managers, CHES, and Medical Assistants
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
List all of the criteria required to establish work-relatedness for an occupational disease.
Describe the risk factors that may help prevent Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS).
Understand the symptoms and signs of CRPS.
Explain the treatment plan for patients with CRPS.
1.0 Free CEUs for Physical Therapists
Maximizing Patient-Case Manager Communication and Collaboration for ACS Patients: Meeting ACO Performance Targets- It is estimated that 1 in 5 Medicare patients discharged from a hospital will be readmitted within 30 days, and that 67% of patients surviving a coronary event will suffer a recurrent event requiring rehospitalization. The Medicare Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program is part of the Affordable Care Act and provides a financial incentive to hospitals to lower patient readmission rates but does not provide clear guidance on how to reduce readmissions. This activity addresses provider adherence to ACS guidelines, patient education, and discharge and transition strategies between hospital and home in an effort to reduce hospital readmission. Through this webcast, our cardiologist and pharmacist faculty discuss methodologies to reduce readmission rates among ACS patients. Downloadable resources are available for case managers to employ within their practice or share with patients.
Review clinical guidelines for the use of antiplatelet therapies in patients with ACS who are hospitalized, undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention, or being discharged with maintenance therapy.
Explain why specific antiplatelet therapies are selected for specific ACS patient subsets.
Formulate strategies to facilitate transitions of care, improve discharge communication, ensure patient adherence, and reduce complications and hospital readmissions related to ACS.
1.0 Free CCMC CEUs for Case Managers
This course also offers Free CEUs for Physicians, Nurses, and Pharmacists
This activity is supported by an educational grant from Daiichi Sankyo, Inc. and Lilly USA, LLC.
Single-use Negative Pressure Wound Therapy Systems- Summarize the evolution of negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT).
Explore the process of wound healing.
Explain the science of negative pressure wound therapy.
Review the incidence of SSIs and delayed wound healing in high risk patients and procedures.
Describe the indications and contraindications for single-use NPWT systems.
Identify the risk factors to consider before NPWT use.
Specify the guidelines for use use for single-use NPWT systems.
Discuss evidence-based research specific to patient outcomes.
Analyze the cost effectiveness of NPWT systems, including coding for reimbursement.
Evaluate physician considerations from wound assessment to discontinuation of NPWT.
2.0 Free AMA Pra Cat 1 CME for Physicians
Presented by Pfiedler Enterprizes
Grants provided by Cardinal Health
ACUTE CORONARY SYNDROMES PART 1: NEW GUIDELINES AND THERAPEUTIC OPTIONS FOR UNSTABLE ANGINA AND NSTEMI (Part I of II)- Acute coronary syndrome (ACS), a potentially life-threatening form of coronary artery disease (CAD), accounts for over 1.4 million hospital admissions in the United States every year. About 9-19% of ACS patients die in the first 6 months after diagnosis, with about one-half of these deaths occurring within 30 days of diagnosis. Manifestations of ACS include unstable angina, acute myocardial infarction (ST-segment elevation MI [STEMI] and non-STEMI [NSTEMI]), and sudden cardiac death. Risk estimation is important for optimal patient care in ACS and risk assessment tools such as the TIMI and GRACE algorithms can assist in assessing the risk of death and ischemic events, thereby providing a basis for therapeutic decision making.
The management of ACS aims at immediate relief of ischemia, reduction in the size of infarct, and prevention of serious adverse events, including death, (recurrent) MI or severe ischemia, and arrhythmias. Antithrombotic therapies for patients with definite ACS include aspirin, thienopyridines, unfractionated heparin (UFH) or low-molecular-weight heparin (LMWH), glycoprotein IIb/IIIa receptor antagonists and newer antiplatelet agents, antithrombins and fibrinolytics, and invasive therapies. Knowledge of specific drugs for acute, and long-term, management is important for optimizing the risk-benefit ratio
Review strategies for the diagnosis and risk stratification of unstable angina (UA), ST-segment myocardial infarction (STEMI), and non-ST-segment myocardial infarction (NSTEMI).
Discuss the most recent recommendations for the initial management of patients with UA/NSTEMI or STEMI.
Utilize appropriate discharge medications for acute coronary syndrome (ACS) patients
Communicate with patients the need for long-term therapy to prevent recurrent thrombotic events after ACS.
1.0 Free AANP CEUs for Nurse Practitioners which includes 0.5 Free Pharmacology Hours
This course also offers Free CME for Physicians
This educational activity is supported by an educational grant from Daiichi Sankyo, Inc., and Lilly.
Balancing Nutritional Needs of Infants With Breastfeeding, Complementary Feedings, and Lifestyle Factors- Surveillance by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified pervasive nutritional problems in infants and young children in the United States. Behaviors to promote proper nutrition should start early in life with breastfeeding, the gold standard of infant nutrition. For numerous reasons including inadequate milk supply, lack of knowledge, medication use, and competing needs of work, school, and/or family caretaking obligations, many women are unable to breastfeed exclusively for long time periods. Counseling mothers about the health impacts of infant feeding and providing evidence-based care to maximize successful breastfeeding can improve the short- and long-term health of both mothers and infants.
Outline education and services to support initiation of breastfeeding and manage potential challenges.
Discuss potential maternal complications that may interfere with breastfeeding and require nutrition supplementation.
Identify strategies to counsel mothers who require medication or are concerned about accommodating breastfeeding into their schedule.
Discuss ways to achieve optimal nutrition in situations where breastfeeding is not feasible or requires supplementation with formula.
0.8 Free CEUs for Nurses
This course also offers Free CME for Physicians
Supported by an educational grant from Abbott Nutrition, Abbott Laboratories Inc.
Abuse Prevention in Long Term Care (NAHCA)- This course is an overview of abuse, including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) definition of abuse. The different types of abuse and examples of each will be explored, as well as recognition and reporting responsibilities. This training is appropriate for all team members in long term and post-acute care.
Understand and define abuse.
Recognize and describe the different types of abuse.
Identify reporting responsibilities and procedure.
1 Hour for CNAs
Dysphagia: Understanding the Basics for Healthcare Professionals- Unmanaged dysphagia can have severe health consequences including malnutrition, dehydration, and aspiration pneumonia. This program begins with the definition of dysphagia and describes the phases of swallowing and how an impaired swallow can have a detrimental effect on nutritional status. Several conditions that are associated with dysphagia are reviewed including nutrition related consequences. A discussion on early identification and intervention is addressed as these steps are key to promoting positive outcomes.
Define the phases of swallowing.
Identify the risk factors, signs and symptoms of dysphagia.
Describe the nutritional management and adaptation of food and beverages for dysphagia management.
1.0 Free CEUs for Pharmacists
This course also offers Free CEUs for Registered Dieticians
KEY PERSPECTIVES IN DIAGNOSING AND MANAGING RESTLESS LEGS SYNDROME
Describe clinical features of Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) including common comorbid conditions that impact sleep.
Discuss the potential differential diagnosis of RLS and how to make diagnostic distinctions.
1.0 Free CEUs for Sleep Technologists
This course also offers Free CEUs for Physicians, PAs, and Nurse Practitioners
This activity is supported by an independent educational grant from UCB Pharmaceuticals.
Lipid Management: Current Perspectives and Emerging Approaches-
Evaluate primary and secondary prevention evidence with statins, and explain the importance of lowering LDL-C with statin therapy for reducing cardiovascular risk.
Describe strategies for managing statin intolerance, interpret statin safety data, and assess benefit/risk with statins.
Summarize and explain the ACC/AHA Cholesterol Guidelines.
Recognize the association of hypertriglyceridemia with increased risks and define currently available therapies for reducing elevated triglycerides.
Evaluate similarities and differences between fish oil supplements and prescription omega-3 treatment options, and between currently available and emerging omega-3 fatty acid agents.
1.25 Free CPEUs for Registered Dieticians
This course also offers Free CEUs for Physicians, Pharmacists, Nurse Practitioners and PAs
Supported by an educational grant from AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals
Differential Diagnosis & Treatment Planning for Speech Sound Disorders-
Introduce concepts of oromyofunctional and oral placement disorder.
Know the red flags associated with oromyofunctional disorders.
Know the basics of differential diagnosis for articulation v. structural v. placement disorder.
Have practical treatment techniques for clients with oromyofunctional and oral placement disorders.
1.0 Free ASHA CEUs for Speech Therapists
Reducing Agitation in Elders with Dimentia
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.
1.5 Free CEUs for Nurses
Guideline & Testing Update for Treatment of Invasive Fungal Infections in Hospitalized Patients- The incidence of invasive fungal infections continues to increase, resulting in significant morbidity and mortality, despite the introduction of expanded treatment options. Clinicians require up-to-date knowledge of advances in testing approaches and novel antifungal agents to guide clinician-decision making and ensure that at-risk patients receive prompt, appropriate therapy.
Identify patients at risk of invasive fungal infections in critical care and other hospital settings.
Compare and contrast the mechanisms of action, pharmacokinetics, efficacy, and safety of available and emerging antifungal agents.
Apply diagnostic and susceptibility testing for invasive fungal infections to ensure prompt, appropriate antifungal therapy.
Implement strategies to enhance empiric and definitive antifungal therapy for candidemia.
1.25 Free AMA Pra CAT 1 CME for Physicians
This course also offers Free CME for Pharmacists
Supported by an educational grant from Astellas Scientific & Medical Affairs, Inc.
New Insights Into Sleep-Wake System Neurobiology and Pathophysiology of Insomnia (I of II)- Insomnia can affect many aspects of an individual’s life: impairing concentration and memory, increasing the risk of incident depression or recurrence of a depressive episode, diminishing a patient’s ability to enjoy family and social relationships, and increasing the risks of falls and motor vehicle accidents.
Clinical research provides evidence that insomnia is a disorder of hyperarousal demonstrated by a number of physiologic measures, such as increased heart rate.1 It is hypothesized that hyperarousal may occur in association with a shift in the balance between systems that promote sleep and those that promote wakefulness.
-This neuroscienceCME Clinical Navigator is the first of a two-part series, and will describe the neurobiology of the sleep-wake system so that clinicians understand more about the role of neurotransmitters, including orexin, and the nature of how the hyperarousal state may lead to insomnia.
Describe the neurobiology of the sleep-wake system, including the role of neurotransmitters and the nature of the hyperarousal state.
1.0 Free CEUs for Sleep Techs
This course also provides Free CME for Physicians
Supported by an independent educational grant from Merck & Co., Inc.