NIH Stroke Scale (NIHSS)– This is the latest FREE program now widely recognized as the best-user-friendly on-line NIH Stroke Scale (NIHSS) training and certification program in the world. It is primarily used by healthcare providers to document proof of competency in the use of the NIHSS with regulatory agencies by completing ONE (1) certification program every 2 years.
Identify and assess neurological deficits in stroke patients.
Understand the measurement scale for quantifying neurological deficits in stroke patients.
Consistently apply appropriate scores for neurological deficits in stroke patients.
Use the scale to assess changes in neurological deficits in stroke patients over time.
3.0 Free CEUs for Nurses
This course also offers Free CEUs for Physicians
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 ANCC CEUs for Nurses
This course also offers Free CEUs for Nurse Practitioners and Medical Assistants
CCMC Ethics – Code of Professional Conduct for Case Managers ©
Identify the 7 Rules of Conduct that may result in disciplinary action by CCMC
Explain the scope of Practice for Case Managers in terms of:
Assumptions, Underlying Values, Definition of Case Management, Ethical Issues
Discuss the standards for professional case management conduct in terms of:
Advocacy, Professional Responsibility, Case manager/Client Relationships
Confidentiality, Privacy and Recordkeeping, Professional Relationships, Research
Explain the procedures used to facilitate the work of the CCMC Committee on Ethics and Professional Conduct for:
Processing cases of alleged violation of the Code, Sanctioning Certificants, Processing appeals.
2.0 Free CEUs for Ceritified Case Managers
Eat More Exercise Less – The Key to Sustainable Weight Loss– As the obesity epidemic progresses, healthcare professionals should look toward educational forums to learn about the most modern advances in research, treatment, and best business practices to improve the quality of life for individuals who are obese and overweight. The conference promotes educational advancement by merging academic and clinical experts with professionals, and provides an opportunity for networking and the exchange of indispensable knowledge.
Review nutritional assessment for patients with obesity and the clinical evidence for meal replacements and how to use them in meal plans.
Discuss strategies to transition successful dieters from a weight loss mindset to one of weight stability.
1.0 Free CPEUs for Registered Dieticians & DTRs
Supported by an educational grant from Robard Corporation
Early Morning Functioning Impairments in Children and Adolescents With ADHD– Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders in children, which affected approximately 11% of children aged 4 to 17 years of age (6.4 million) in 2011. ADHD is often diagnosed in childhood and lasts into adulthood in approximately 65% to 75% of cases. A recent systematic literature review suggests that the annual incremental costs for the disorder in the United States are between $143 and $266 billion dollars.
Despite improvements with the drug delivery systems of ADHD medications, early morning functioning (EMF) remains an issue in many children with ADHD. According to a recent survey, the majority of caregivers reported early morning ADHD symptoms (74%) and EMF impairment (76%) as moderate to severe (ADHD symptom score: 5-10). Parents reported that they often: felt overwhelmed and exhausted (41%); raised their voice more (37%); and felt constantly stressed (30%) as a result of their child’s ADHD symptoms during the EMR.4 It was also noted that 79% of caregivers had discussed early morning impairments with their child’s physician. In light of these figures, a number of coping strategies, including nonpharmacologic and pharmacologic interventions, have been developed. Therefore, it is important for healthcare professionals to become more aware that the early morning is problematic for children with ADHD and their families.
Discuss the concept of early morning ADHD symptoms and related functional impairments as a significant unmet clinical need in school-age children diagnosed with ADHD.
Examine scales to measure before-school behaviors.
Discuss current nonpharmacologic strategies for coping with early morning ADHD symptoms in school-age children.
Discuss existing and emerging medications for managing early morning ADHD symptoms in school-age children.
1.0 Free CEUs for Nurse Practitioners which includes 0.2 Hours of Pharmacology
This course also offers Free CME for Physicians and Nurses
This activity is supported by an educational grant from Ironshore Pharmaceuticals & Development, Inc.
Preventing Medical Errors in Radiology– Medical errors have been determined to be a major problem in our health care system. In the first report from the Institute of Medicine, To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System (2000), it was stated that as many as 98,000 patients hospitalized in this country die each year as a result of errors committed in their care. At this rate, deaths due to medical errors, exceeds the number of people who die from motor vehicle accidents, breast cancer or AIDS. Since this data was found to be alarming when published, it led to multiple changes in the way patient care was delivered in an effort to reduce this number. The report and the number 98,000 deaths remain as the report that truly caught the attention of many, both within and outside of the healthcare environment.
Thirteen years later, the 2013 Journal of Patient Safety reported that the number of hospitalized patient deaths related to “some preventable harm” (James, 2013) is actually between 210,000 and 440,000. This number of deaths was determined as the result of recent studies which indicated that serious adverse events occurred in at least 21 percent of 4,200 cases reviewed with lethal adverse events as “high as 1.4% of these cases (2013).
This program will teach readers the steps that should be taken to create and maintain a safe environment when caring for patients in radiology.
Provide examples of staff involvement in the commission of medical errors that occur in a Radiology Department.
Discuss three to seven factors that contribute to the commission of medical errors in a healthcare facility.
Identify steps that should be taken to create and maintain a safe environment in which to provide care to patients.
Describe steps that can be taken to provide control over the introduction of process changes, in-services and announcements.
Define the effect of opting-out and the steps that can be taken to eliminate this practice.
Discuss the importance and requirements surrounding the practice of providing information each time the care of a patient is transferred from one provider to another.
List practices that support the safe administration of medications, including the five rights of medication administration.
3.5 Free AHRA CEUs for Radiologic Technicians
An Integrated Approach to the Prevention and Treatment of Surgical Site Infection
Recognize the impact of surgical care complications as it relates to postoperative infections: pre-op to wound maturation/closure.
Assess the prevalence and implications of antimicrobial resistance and implement principles of antimicrobial stewardship when managing surgical site infections.
Employ an advanced therapy approach for the reduction and management of surgical site infection (e.g. the use of silver and antimicrobial dressings,negative pressure wound therapy and installation).
1.25 Free CEUs for Nurses
Understanding the Importance of Humidification
Learn how to: Define absolute and relative humidity; Identify the importance of adequate upper airway humidification; Recognize the negative impact of insufficient humidification and how to overcome challenges; Differentiate humidity output by humidifier type and List the replacement schedule for humidification systems.
1.0 Free BRPT CEUs for Sleep Techs
This course also offers Free CEUs for Respiratory Therapists
Dyslipidemia: When Statins Aren’t Enough– Review the epidemiology and burden of disease related to cardiovascular risk in patients with primary hyperlipidemia and familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) who are not achieving optimal LDL cholesterol target goals with or without statin-based management.
Review the emerging data on new mechanisms for LDL-lowering, including MTP inhibitors, Apo-B inhibition, CETP inhibitors, and PCSK 9 inhibitors to achieve LDL-C target goals for high patients with dyslipidemia.
Review the underlying genetic mutations and the role of genetic screening for HeFH and HoFH as it relates to diagnosis and treatment of familial hypercholesterolemia and in response to statins, ezetimibe and proprotein convertase subtilisin kexin 9 (PCSK9) monoclonal antibody treatment.
Discuss the emerging evidence on genetic mutations and their potential therapeutic significance in the development of novel LDL targets.
Identify the relationship of LDL-C reduction and CVD risk reduction including the risk in HeFH and HoFH.
Discuss the clinical presentation and implications of heterozygous familial hypercholesterolemia (HeFH) and the use of optimal LDL-C target goals for these patients based on current consensus recommendations.
1.0 Free CEUs for Nurses
This course also offers Free CME for Physicians and Nurse Practitioners
The Link Between Sedation & Asynchrony– While ventilation may be a life-saving tool for critically ill patients, it can also be an uncomfortable experience due to the invasiveness of the tubing, and mismatches (or “asynchronies”) between the patient’s demand for breath and the ventilator-delivered breathing pattern. In the past, clinicians addressed ventilator-patient asynchrony through heavy sedation. However, recent studies have highlighted the negative consequences of over-sedation for ventilatory patients, which include muscle atrophy from prolonged disuse and lengthened ventilation times. By evaluating for asynchrony, clinicians may be able to reduce the risk of oversedation. By using sedation more effectively, we can work together to potentially reduce ICU ventilation time.
Describe asynchrony and the effect of sedation on muscle atrophy.
Discuss how conventional ventilation modes work — benefits and limitations of each considering the patient’s natural breathing pattern.
Identify asynchrony and assess the causes.
1.5 Free CEUs for Respiratory Therapists
Feeding Dementia Patients with Dignity for Healthcare Assistants
For patients with dementia, providing nourishment can become somewhat of an obstacle. With alternatives to feeding tubes, a patient will feel more comfortable and their dignity will be preserved.
1.0 Free CEUs for Certified Nursing Assistants
Defining the Role of Pharmacists in Advanced Gout Management– Discuss the pathophysiology of gout, its risk factors, and long-term complications.
Outline the clinical profiles of available and emerging gout pharmacotherapies including safety, efficacy, mechanisms-of-action, implications, and potential shortfalls of conventional agents.
Assist providers on the guideline-directed and individualized selection, modification, and monitoring of gout therapies.
Counsel patients on non-pharmacologic and pharmacologic approaches to care, emphasizing the importance of adherence to therapies and lifestyle modifications.
1.0 Free CEUs for Pharmacists
Supported by an educational grant from AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP.
Prevention of Pressure Ulcers Due to Medical Devices/Implementing And Sustaining Urinary Catheter Securement– Define a pressure ulcer that has developed from a
medical device. List one intervention for preventing pressure ulcers
from respiratory devices, bariatric equipment, and cervical collars. Describe interventions for implementing and sustaining urinary catheter securement as part of a catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTi) and pressure ulcer prevention program.
2.0 Free CEUs for Nursing
Where Are We with Suicide Prevention?
Complete and document a suicide risk assessment for all patients with a mental health disorder.
1.0 Free AMA Pra CAT 1 CME for Physicians
Incision Management: Strategies in the Optimal Application and Management of Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT)– Describe principles of NPWT in incision management and the mechanism of action.
Identify patients who are candidates for incision management with NPWT.
Implement evidence based practices in NPWT application and management.
1.0 Free CEUs for Physical Therapists
This course also offers Free CME for Physicians, Nurses, and Pharmacists
Emerging Treatment Options for Familial Hypercholesterolemia– Review the underlying genetic mutations and the role of genetic screening for heterozygous familial hypercholesterolemia (HeFH) and homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia (HoFH) as it relates to diagnosis and treatment of familial hypercholesterolemia and in response to statins, ezetimibe and proprotein convertase subtilisin kexin 9 (PCSK9) monoclonal antibody treatment.
Discuss the emerging evidence on genetic mutations and their potential therapeutic significance in the development of novel low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) targets.
Identify the relationship of LDL-C reduction and cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk reduction including the risk in HeFH and HoFH.
Discuss the clinical presentation and implications of HeFH and the use of optimal LDL-C target goals for these patients based on current consensus recommendations.
1.0 Free CEUs for Nurse Practitioners which includes 0.75 Hours of Pharmacology
This course also offers Free CME for Physicians, PAs, and Nurses