Polypharmacy, Adverse Drug Reactions, and Drug Calculations

Polypharmacy, Adverse Drug Reactions, and Drug Calculations 

The purpose of this course is to familiarize learners with the effects and implications of polypharmacy in the senior population. A review of frequently used PRN medications and calculation methods are presented. This course engages the learner in content related to signs and symptoms of medication side effects and presents the difference between an adverse drug reaction and a side effect. A systematic process for medication order review and verification is presented, and how to interact effectively with the pharmacy is outlined.

$20.00

Hours: 1.00
REL-PAC-0-PADRDC

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California Department of Public Health (CNA)

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Relias, LLC is an approved provider of continuing education by the California Department of Public Health, Provider # NAC7001.

The certificate must be retained by the licensee for a period of four (4) years after the course is completed.

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North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Division of Facility Services

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This course is approved by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Division of Facility Services - Group Care Licensure Section (NC-DHHS)
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California Department of Social Services Adult Residential Facilities

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Relias, LLC is approved by the California Department of Social Services as a Continuing Education Program Vendor to provide Continuing Education training courses to administrators of Adult Residential Facilities.

Vendor/Provider # : 2000224-735-2
Approval # 224-0146-32618

This activity is approved by the California Department of Social Services for 1.00 contact hours.

California Department of Social Services Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly

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Relias, LLC is approved by the California Department of Social Services as a Continuing Education Training Program Vendor to provide Continuing Education training courses to administrators of residential care facilities for the elderly.

Vendor/Provider # 2000224-740-2;
Approval # 224-0146-32680.

This activity is approved by the California Department of Social Services for 1.00 contact hours.

Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (ALL Direct Care Workers)

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Relias Learning, LLC is approved as a Curriculum Developer by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services. This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours for all WA State Direct Care Workers. Training Provider Code: WA0624. CE Approval Code: CO2034231

Oregon Department of Human Services

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This course is approved as continuing education by the Oregon Department of Human Services in accordance with state regulation 411-057-0140 for Assisted Living Administrators, Residential Care facility Administrators and Memory Care Communities within the State of Oregon. This activity is approved by Oregon Department of Human Services for 1.00 contact hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-PAC-0-PADRDC
Hours: 1
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 10/31/2023
Learning Objectives:
Define polypharmacy.
Identify complications of polypharmacy.
Distinguish between an adverse drug reaction and a side effect.
Identify signs and symptoms of side effects.
Recognize accurate dosing and calculation of PRN medications.
Discuss medication order review and verification.
Describe occasions when it is appropriate to interact with the pharmacy.
Recognize appropriate use of pharmacy resources.

Outline:
Hour One I. Introduction: Medications and the senior population II. Overview: What is polypharmacy? 1. Incidence 2. Causes a. Over-the-counter medications b. Herbal medications c. Multiple healthcare providers d. Infrequent review of medication regimen e. Adverse medication reactions f. Age-related changes i. Liver ii. Kidneys iii. Nutrition iv. Obesity v. Dehydration 3. Complications and consequences a. Geriatric syndrome b. Poor medication compliance c. Quality of life 4. Learning Engagement Activity: Questions (True/False) III. Medication: adverse medication reaction 1. Unexpected 2. Unintended 3. Undesired 4. Preventable 5. Impact on the healthcare system 6. Case studies a. Case study 1: Susan b. Case study 2: Jim c. Case study 3: Joni IV. Medication: Side effects 1. Unrelated effect 2. Known and predictable 3. Patient choice 4. Physician and pharmacy interventions 5. Impact on the healthcare system 6. Case studies a. Case study 1: Bob b. Case study 2: Jaclyn c. Case study 3: Steven 7. Learning engagement: Case study with multiple-choice questions 8. Learning engagement: Mix and match differentiating factors of side effects and adverse drug reactions V. Medication order review 1. Who is ultimately responsible for writing orders a. Paper b. Electronic 2. Transcription a. Unacceptable abbreviations 3. PRN medications 4. Brand name vs. generic name 5. Medication labeling a. Prescription label components b. Over-the-counter label components and labeling requirements VI. PRN medications 1. Labeling 2. Provider orders 3. Dosing implications VII. Learning engagement: identify correct components of a prescription label VIII. Six rights of assisting with self-administration of medications 1. Right drug 2. Right dose 3. Right time 4. Right route 5. Right person 6. Right documentation a. Case study: John IX. Documenting medications 1. Medication administration record 2. Medication log 3. Altering medications X. Assisting with medications 1. Commonly used abbreviations 2. Common volume conversions 3. Medication calculation 4. Learning engagement: medication calculation (liquid) 5. Learning engagement: medication calculation (tablet) 6. Learning engagement: medication calculation (insulin) 7. Learning engagement: medication calculation (syringe compatibility) XI. Pharmacy 1. Resource 2. Services 3. Communication XII. Summary and conclusion XIII. Final exam (post-test)

Instructor: Holly Carlson, MS, RN, CCRN
Holly Carlson, MS, RN, CCRN, was a subject matter expert for Relias. She has 25 years of healthcare experience in both acute and post-acute healthcare environments. Her experience includes leadership and management across the healthcare spectrum. She has owned and operated an assisted living business. Carlson's clinical practice includes acute care, long-term acute care, home health and hospice. Carlson has served for over a decade in various board positions for State Nursing Associations, including president. She has been a nurse planner for multiple continuing education events and has experience as a leader in the design and implementation of an ANCC-CNE accredited approver unit for a multi-state nursing consortium. Carlson is certified as Critical Care Registered Nurse.    Disclosure: Holly Carlson, MS, RN, CCRN has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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