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Continuing Education
Managing Pleural Effusions

This continuing education activity is for nurses and other clinicians who would like to enhance their knowledge of pleural effusion management. In this activity, participants will review normal pleural anatomy and physiology as an introduction to the pathophysiology of pleural effusions. Treatment options for pleural effusions will also be discussed. An emphasis on patient selection criteria and other considerations with the use of an indwelling pleural catheter will assist healthcare professionals in patient care management.

Please visit www.healthstream.com/HLC/pleuraleffusion for the online course.

Continuing Education
Blood Culture Collection: Ensuring Reliable Outcomes through Best Practices and Technology

The blood culture represents an important tool used to detect the presence of living organisms in the bloodstream. Blood collection is critical to generating reliable results and providing therapeutic treatment. This webinar will describe the relative risk of false-positive blood cultures, and the use of best practices and technology for mitigating these well-documented risks.

Accreditation

This program is approved for 1.0 hour of nursing credit.

Complete the evaluation for CE credit.

Continuing Education
Best practices in pediatric peripheral vascular access: place, protect and preserve

From comprehensive vein assessment for catheter placement, protecting the site from contamination, to preserving the function of the site with the fewest complications pediatric patients pose considerable challenges when receiving peripheral vascular access infusion therapy. This program will review fundamentals of pediatric vein assessment, steps for aseptic catheter insertion and evidence-based procedures designed to preserve the integrity of pediatric vessel health.

This program is approved for 1.0 hour of nursing credit.

Complete the evaluation for CE credit.

Continuing Education
Implementation of a secretion management protocol and overview of PEP therapy and aerosol therapy Webinar

Various positive expiratory pressure (PEP) devices are being used to meet the needs of patients who require bronchial hygiene and secretion management. Some facilities are using protocols, or patient pathways, to increase both patient care and operational efficiency.

This webinar will provide an overview of the benefits seen by the implementation of a protocol for positive expiratory pressure (PEP) therapy and secretion management. As the optimization of the delivery of bronchodilators is one of the indications for PEP Therapy, a retrospective on PEP therapy and medication delivery will also be conducted.

Learning objectives

  • Become familiar with how some facilities are currently managing patients in need of PEP therapy and secretion management.
  • Review actual hospital experiences regarding the implementation of PEP and secretion management protocols and patient pathways.
  • Review current literature and evidence supporting PEP therapy and medical aerosol delivery

This program is approved for 1.5 hours of respiratory therapy and nursing credit.
Complete the evaluation for CE credit.

Webcast
Noninvasive Ventilatory Support: Neonatal Applications

What ventilation strategies do you use to manage preterm infants with Respiratory Distress Syndrome (RDS)?

The March of Dimes estimates that 15 million infants are born premature. Several of these infants will develop respiratory distress syndrome and require respiratory support. Noninvasive ventilation helps maintain the functional residual capacity, decrease work of breathing and reduce chronic lung disease, while avoiding the complications associated with intubation. The early use of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) may decrease the need for mechanical ventilation without increasing the chance of complications.

Listen to Paula Cowan, MPH, RRT discuss Noninvasive Ventilatory Support: Neonatal Applications

Continuing Education
The Future of Closed Loop Medication Administration: Improving Medication Safety Through Infusion Pump Auto-Programming and EMR System Interoperability

In the past decade CPOE, BCMA, and Smart IV pumps have advanced medication safety. However, these new technologies have been independent contributors to safety. Taking infusion safety to a new level requires these technologies to be integrated into a seamless system. This webinar will share the exciting interoperability that links the physician’s order, the bar code scanning of the IV, and wireless programming of the infusion pump. In addition, nurses no longer are required to manually document each infusion as all infusion data is automatically transferred to each patient’s medical record.

This program is approved for 1.5 hours of pharmacy and nursing credit.

Complete the evaluation for CE credit.

Continuing Education
Optimizing the Medication Use Process to Maximize Clinicians’ Time for Patient-Centered Care

New medication prescriptions set a complex series of interrelated pharmacy and nursing workflow processes in motion. However, within hospitals and across the healthcare system, variations in practice and non-value-added activities can often result in delayed, omitted or incorrect medication therapy. Pharmacy, nursing and technological processes must all be synchronized to provide the correct medication and near real-time information for critical decision making.

Learn from our speaker how efficient medication dispensing pathways can help maximize time for patient centered care, while reducing time to initial dose, missed doses and the risk of medication errors.

This program is approved for 1.0 hour of pharmacy and nursing credit.

Complete the evaluation for CE credit.

Continuing Education
Ventilator Associated Event Surveillance and Reporting – What does it mean to you?

Surveillance for ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) has been challenging. The surveillance definitions for pneumonia were complex and contained many subjective elements, including the requirement for chest x-ray evidence of pneumonia. The CDC has been working since 2009 to develop a more objective, reliable approach to VAP surveillance. Over the last two years the CDC has collaborated with several professional societies and organizations as well as other federal partners to convene a VAP Surveillance Definition Working Group to focus on finalizing a new approach to surveillance for adult patients. This new approach, surveillance for Ventilator-Associated Events (VAE), was implemented for use in NHSN in January 2013 and has replaced in-plan VAP surveillance for adult patients.

During this webcast, our expert faculty will provide additional background information related to this change, clarify some fundamental aspects of the algorithm, and discuss how this algorithm is expected to impact hospitals and health-systems.

This program is approved for 1.0 hour of respiratory therapy and nursing credit.

Complete the evaluation for CE credit.

Continuing Education
Understanding the use of Humidified Nasal High Flow

The delivery of supplemental oxygen using a traditional low flow nasal cannula is readily used and accepted. Technological advances in the last decade have provided alternative devices utilizing optimal humidity to deliver increased therapeutic flows and oxygen concentration.

This webinar will provide an overview of this transition along with clinical observations including therapeutic effectiveness, patient acceptance, comfort and outcomes. Hospitals using humidified nasal high flow with a focus on reducing potential patient escalation will share these experiences.

This program is approved for 1.5 hours of RRT and nursing credit.

Complete the evaluation for CE credit.

Continuing Education
Chemotherapy Safety: Protecting healthcare workers from exposure to hazardous drugs

Caring for oncology patients can expose pharmacists and nurses to risk of exposure to hazardous drugs, especially chemotherapy. Prevention of exposure from spillage, surface contamination, aerosolization and IV set priming are among the precautions required to meet the NIOSH recommendations.

This learning activity will review recent advances in closed-system technologies. In particular, the faculty will describe how implementing a "hybrid approach" may help both pharmacy and nursing reduce exposure to hazardous drugs while still addressing the unique needs of their respective specialties. The hybrid approach entails utilizing a closed-system transfer device to prepare drugs in the pharmacy and utilizing a different closed system in nursing to safely and easily infuse drugs, thus helping reduce exposure to hazardous substances while meeting their respective needs.

This program is approved for 1.5 hours of pharmacy and nursing credit.

Complete the evaluation for CE credit:
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