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Course # 39020 • Geriatric Polypharmacy

Overview

Polypharmacy in geriatrics is a serious problem that is expected to grow in scope as the population ages. Certain medications commonly used in the younger population may be considered inappropriate in the elderly, due to pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and/or drug/disease interactions. Reduction in the number of medications that elders take is associated with reduction in mortality rates, improved quality of life, and reduced costs. This program will educate clinicians on how to evaluate and reduce unnecessary polypharmacy.

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Education Category: Geriatrics

Release Date: 03/01/2016

Expiration Date: 02/28/2019

Audience

This course is designed for advanced practice nurses, nurses, and allied healthcare professionals who work with the geriatric population.

Accreditations/Approvals

In support of improving patient care, NetCE is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team. NetCE is approved by the California Nursing Home Administrator Program as a provider of continuing education. Provider number 1622. NetCE is approved to offer continuing education through the Florida Board of Nursing Home Administrators, Provider #50-2405. NetCE is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). NetCE complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard, which is recognized internationally as a standard of excellence in instructional practices. As a result of this accreditation, NetCE is authorized to issue the IACET CEU. This program has been pre-approved by The Commission for Case Manager Certification to provide continuing education credit to CCM® board certified case managers. The course is approved for 5 CE contact hour(s). Activity code: H00031498. Approval Number: 180001175. To claim these CEs, log into your CE Center account at www.ccmcertification.org.

Designations of Credit

NetCE designates this continuing education activity for 5 ANCC contact hour(s). NetCE designates this continuing education activity for 5 pharmacotherapeutic/pharmacology contact hour(s). NetCE designates this continuing education activity for 6 hours for Alabama nurses. This home study course is approved by the Florida Board of Nursing Home Administrators for 5 credit hour(s). This course is approved by the California Nursing Home Administrator Program for 5 hour(s) of continuing education credit - NHAP#1622005-6474/P. California NHAs may only obtain a maximum of 10 hours per course. NetCE is authorized by IACET to offer 0.5 CEU(s) for this program. AACN Synergy CERP Category A.

Individual State Nursing Approvals

In addition to states that accept ANCC, NetCE is approved as a provider of continuing education in nursing by: Alabama, Provider #ABNP0353, (valid through November 21, 2017); Alabama, Provider #ABNP0353, (valid through November 21, 2021); California, BRN Provider #CEP9784; California, LVN Provider #V10662; California, PT Provider #V10842; District of Columbia, Provider #50-2405; Florida, Provider #50-2405; Georgia, Provider #50-2405; Iowa, Provider #295; Kentucky, Provider #7-0054 through 12/31/2019; South Carolina, Provider #50-2405.

Course Objective

The purpose of this course is to provide nurses in all practice settings the knowledge necessary to ensure that geriatric patients are effectively treated while reducing unnecessary polypharmacy.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:

  1. Define polypharmacy in the elderly patient.
  2. Identify guidelines to prevent the use of unnecessary medications in elderly patients.
  3. Describe physiologic changes of aging that cause differences in drug metabolism.
  4. Discuss the potential problems polypharmacy may cause in older patients.
  5. Evaluate the impact of polypharmacy in specific conditions as well as approaches to avoid inappropriate prescribing.
  6. Describe a prescribing cascade and the importance of medication assessment and reconciliation.

Faculty

Susan Waterbury, MSN, FNP-BC, ACHPN, entered the medical field as an RN in 1990. She continued her education, achieving a Master’s Degree from the University of Central Florida in 1999. She has worked as a Family and Geriatric Nurse Practitioner since 2000, in family practice, geriatrics, hospice, and palliative care. She achieved board certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner in 2000 and as an Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse in 2006. She holds nurse practitioner licenses in Florida, Virginia, and Maryland.

In addition to her clinical positions, Ms. Waterbury continues to play an active role in educating and mentoring nurses and other healthcare professionals. She is a faculty member of University of Phoenix, focusing on nursing leadership. She has developed and presented many educational programs for a variety of healthcare organizations and community groups.

Faculty Disclosure

Contributing faculty, Susan Waterbury, MSN, FNP-BC, ACHPN, has disclosed no relevant financial relationship with any product manufacturer or service provider mentioned.

Division Planner

Jane C. Norman, RN, MSN, CNE, PhD

Division Planner Disclosure

The division planner has disclosed no relevant financial relationship with any product manufacturer or service provider mentioned.

About the Sponsor

The purpose of NetCE is to provide challenging curricula to assist healthcare professionals to raise their levels of expertise while fulfilling their continuing education requirements, thereby improving the quality of healthcare.

Our contributing faculty members have taken care to ensure that the information and recommendations are accurate and compatible with the standards generally accepted at the time of publication. The publisher disclaims any liability, loss or damage incurred as a consequence, directly or indirectly, of the use and application of any of the contents. Participants are cautioned about the potential risk of using limited knowledge when integrating new techniques into practice.

Disclosure Statement

It is the policy of NetCE not to accept commercial support. Furthermore, commercial interests are prohibited from distributing or providing access to this activity to learners.

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