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Course # 90422 • Seizures and Epilepsy Syndromes

Overview

This course will provide basic information about epilepsy and its management and note sources of additional patient education resources for patients with seizure disorders. Important features of the care of the patient with epilepsy will be presented. This will include an overview of the incidence and etiology of epilepsy, treatment modalities, prevention and self-care management. The impact of epilepsy on the individual, family and the community will also be discussed. Finally, special epilepsy concerns, including psychosocial issues, will be reviewed.

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Education Category: Medical / Surgical

Release Date: 10/01/2016

Expiration Date: 09/30/2019

Audience

This course is designed for all physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals who have contact with patients with seizure disorders.

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 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 10 CE contact hour(s). Activity code: H00033556. Approval Number: 180003239. To claim these CEs, log into your CE Center account at www.ccmcertification.org.

Designations of Credit

This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive 10 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credit(s) for learning and change. NetCE designates this enduring material for a maximum of 10 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. NetCE designates this continuing education activity for 10 ANCC contact hour(s). NetCE designates this continuing education activity for 5 pharmacotherapeutic/pharmacology contact hour(s). NetCE designates this continuing education activity for 12 hours for Alabama nurses. Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 10 MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit. Completion of this course constitutes permission to share the completion data with ACCME. Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the activity with individual assessments of the participant and feedback to the participant, enables the participant to earn 10 MOC points in the American Board of Pediatrics' (ABP) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABP MOC credit. 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.

Special Approvals

This activity is designed to comply with the requirements of California Assembly Bill 1195, Cultural and Linguistic Competency.

Course Objective

The purpose of this course is to expand the understanding of seizure disorders for physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals in order to facilitate earlier diagnoses and more effective treatment.

Learning Objectives

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

  1. Differentiate between a seizure and epilepsy.
  2. Recall the incidence of epilepsy.
  3. Identify the major etiologies of epilepsy.
  4. Describe the phases of a seizure and exacerbating factors.
  5. Define the major seizure classifications and seizure types.
  6. Discuss the significance of history taking and differential diagnosis in identifying epilepsy.
  7. Identify diagnostic studies useful in the care of patients with epilepsy.
  8. Detail the management of epilepsy in specific populations.
  9. Discuss advantages and disadvantages for the most commonly prescribed pharmacologic agents.
  10. Describe nonpharmacologic treatments for epilepsy.
  11. Identify the most common complications occurring during or after a seizure.
  12. Explain the emergent treatments for status epilepticus.
  13. Discuss the prevention of epilepsy and epilepsy-related injury, including specific patient education needs for non-English-proficient patients.

Faculty

Kelley M. Anderson, PhD, RN, FNP, received her undergraduate education at the University of Virginia. She completed her master's degree at the University of Texas, Austin, her post-master's family nurse practitioner education at the University of Florida, and her doctorial degree from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. While at the University of Florida, she worked with epileptic patients in the outpatient and acute care settings. She provided care with conventional modalities and assisted in the management of patients under investigative research medications and protocols.

Faculty Disclosure

Contributing faculty, Kelley M. Anderson, PhD, RN, FNP, has disclosed no relevant financial relationship with any product manufacturer or service provider mentioned.

Division Planners

Ronald Runciman, MD

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

Division Planners Disclosure

The division planners have 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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