Managing Special Populations: Caring for Former Special Care Patients

Managing Special Populations: Caring for Former Special Care Patients

Please join us for a special series of educational events, Managing Special Populations: Caring for Former Special Care Patients

Geriatric Pharmacology
Presented by: Emily Gambler, PharmD, and Whitney Hanson, PharmD

Older adults may be at an increased risk for adverse drug events because of altered pharmacokinetics, increased exposure to multiple medications, and comorbid conditions. Learn how to best care for this patient population and reduce falls through: identifying risk factors; managing the dosing and administration of medications; recognizing adverse drug events; and by using the BEERS criteria, which provide a guideline for safer use of medications in older adults.

Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016 from 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
2nd floor conf. room, South Tower
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Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016 from 12-1 p.m.
2nd floor conf. room, South Tower
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Managing Alcohol Withdrawal
Presented by: Daniel Watkins BSN, RN, Nurse Manager- Pathways

Alcohol withdrawal symptoms can begin 4-12 hours after a patient’s last drink – and can even emerge while the patient is still intoxicated. Early assessment and appropriate treatment of alcohol withdrawal can prevent complications and improve patient outcomes. Join us to learn more about managing alcohol withdrawal, including: the effects of alcohol on the body; the differences in alcohol abuse, dependence and withdrawal; signs and symptoms of alcohol withdrawal; potentially life-threatening complications; best practice screening; assessment tools; and recommended pharmacologic and non- pharmacologic interventions.

Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016 from 3-4 p.m.
2nd floor conf. room, South Tower
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Tuesday, Dec. 13 from 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
2nd floor conf. room, South Tower
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Are Nurses Recognizing Delirium?
Presented by: Danette Reading, BSN, RN, Clinical Educator, ACE, and Sharolyn Bush, MSN, RN, Clinical Director, SCU

Delirium is a common, but frequently undetected, complication in hospitalized elderly patients. In fact, reports indicate that the prevalence of delirium in elderly patients in acute care settings can range from 56-78%. Poor outcomes, prolonged hospital stays, and increased costs of care are often the result of undetected or misdiagnosed delirium. What is delirium and what are its triggers? How do we treat it? What’s the difference between dementia and delirium? How can we identify patients are risk? Join us to learn more about what the literature has to say on this topic.

Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016
12-1 p.m.
2nd floor Conference Room, South Tower
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Managing Aggressive Behavior in your Patients: Strategies for De-escalation 
Presented by: Daniel Watkins BSN, RN, Nurse Manager- Pathways

“Conflict in the healthcare arena is on the rise. Once considered safe havens, healthcare organizations are facing a steady increase of conflict in various forms, including the most extreme expressions of conflict — verbal and physical violence (Preventing violence in the health care setting The Joint Commission, Sentinel Event Alert, Issue 45, June 3, 2010).

Join us to learn more about caring for patients and families who are exhibiting agitated or aggressive behaviors. We’ll explore:

  • -the most common mental health illnesses and environmental factors that contribute to an individual’s increased risk for violence.
  • -early warning signs of violence and how to prepare a care environment to decrease the impact of physical violence.
  • -verbal and non-verbal techniques to prevent verbal aggression from turning into physical violence.
  • -medication management of aggression to avoid injury to staff or individuals.
  • -collecting information and formulating a plan after a situation to decrease the chances of it happening again.

Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016
1:30-2:30 p.m.
2nd floor Conference Room, South Tower
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(More dates to come on this topic)

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