Clinical Affairs CE Courses

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Manual of Evidence-Based Practices for Comprehensive Oral Care
Description: The oral cavity is very responsive to stressors that may be occurring to other body systems. Whether it is a physical insult or a metabolic dysfunction, the oral cavity is likely to be impacted by the condition or the treatment associated with the condition. Hospitalized patients present a challenge to normal oral hygiene regimens. It is estimated that the microorganisms in the oral cavity replicate as much as five times during a 24-hour period, and within 48 hours of admission to a hospital, the oropharyngeal flora of critically ill patients changes from mostly gram positive, normal dental pathogens to gram negative organisms, including those that cause pneumonia. In addition, hospitalized patients may undergo treatments that impact their immune status, decreasing the body’s normal defense mechanisms. As a result, the same dental hygiene methods that are recommended for a normal, healthy individual may not be effective for the hospitalized patient. Nurses and other healthcare workers who provide oral care need to recognize the changes in oral hygiene requirements, and know how to continue to provide appropriate care in light of these changes. The purpose of this program is to provide nurses and others with an understanding of changes in oral hygiene requirements resulting from disease, hospitalization, and treatment, and provide strategies for providing care in light of those changes.
Course Credit: 2.5 hr
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Hospital-acquired Pneumonias
Description: While ventilator associated pneumonia (VAP) is a significant problem that receives a great amount of attention, nonventilator-associated hospital-acquired pneumonia (NVHAP) actually affects more people but goes underreported. Nurses and other healthcare professionals need information to help identify patients at risk for NVHAP and strategies to help prevent it from occurring. The purpose of this program is to provide nurses and others with a strategy for identifying and preventing NVHAP.
Course Credit: 1 hr
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Patient Mobility: More Than Just a Turn
Description: Early mobility assistance and repositioning have many benefits for the patient’s recovery and psychological health, and offers a number of cost benefits such as shortened stays and avoidance of complications that can lead to decreased reimbursement.
Course Credit: 1 hr
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Pressure Ulcers: Etiology, Prevention and Treatment
Description: Pressure ulcers have long been a common hospital-acquired complication. In many cases, patients with declining health suffer a myriad of issues, with skin breakdown being just one among many complications that can impact length of stay, treatment, quality of life and overall healthcare costs. This course provides an overview of the etiology of pressure ulcers and describes steps to help prevent their formation and treat them when they do occur.
Course Credit: 1 hr
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Safe Patient Handling: Etiology of Healthcare Worker Injury and Implementation of a Safe Patient Handling Program to Protect Patients and Healthcare Workers
Description: Nurses are among workers most at risk for receiving a injury while on the job. According to the American Nurses Association, 56% of nurses surveyed have personally experienced an injury on the job and 80% reported working despite being in pain. As patient acuity and average weight continues to increase, and with a workforce that continues to increase in age, the need for healthcare workers to protect themselves when moving patients is necessary to ensure their own health and that of their patients. The purpose of this program is to provide nurses and others with an understanding of the risks associated with moving patients and to provide strategies for safe patient moving that protects healthcare professionals and patients.
Course Credit: 1 hr
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Surgical Site Infections: Etiology and Impact of Prevention
Description: Surgical site infections occur in 2-5% of patients undergoing operative procedures in acute care hospitals. This represents nearly 300,000 patients per year with SSIs, 60% of which are considered preventable. Nurses need to know how SSIs can be reduced, and what they can do in their nursing practice to help prevent the development of surgical site infections.
Course Credit: 1 hr
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You Gotta Keep ‘Em Separated! Proper Hygiene for the Urinary Catheterized Patient
Description: Urinary tract infections (UTI) are currently the most common form of healthcare-associated infection (HAI), and the Centers for Disease Control and Infection (CDC) reports that 75% of these infections are associated with urinary catheters. Nurses and other healthcare professionals working with urinary catheters need to know how to provide catheter care in a manner that helps prevent the development of UTI. The purpose of this program is to provide nurses and others with a strategy for preventing CAUTI.
Course Credit: 1 hr
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