Programs

New Therapies & Modalities for More Effective Pain Management

Natriuretic Peptide Screening for the Identification, Assessment, and Treatment of Heart Failure

Drs. Ronald A. Yee, W. Frank Peacock IV, William E. Chavey II, and Beth T. Davidson examine evidence supporting the use of natriuretic peptide biomarkers to assist with the diagnosis or exclusion of heart failure in both chronic and acute care settings. Complimentary CME & CE Credits, but registration is required.

New Therapies & Modalities for More Effective Pain Management

New Therapies & Modalities for More Effective Pain Management

Drs. Aryeh Shander, Stephen R. Southworth, David J. Samuels, and Jeffrey Fudin assess new multimodal strategies and medications to effectively manage acute and chronic pain in the hospital setting and examine the proper use of opioids. Complimentary CME & CE Credits, but registration is required.

Reducing Opioids in Surgical Pain Management: Exploring New Perioperative and Postoperative Strategies

Reducing Opioids in Surgical Pain Management: Exploring New Perioperative and Postoperative Strategies

As the U.S. opioid epidemic continues, strategies are needed to reduce their use before and after surgery, and for long-term pain management. This webinar presented by Drs. Jay Kuchera, R. Corey Waller, Sarah E. Rebstock, and Daniel H. Sajewski is accredited for physicians, nurses, and pharmacists. Complimentary CME & CE Credits, but registration is required.

Finding Undiagnosed HIV: Strategies From Community-Based Programs

Finding Undiagnosed HIV:
Strategies From Community-Based Programs

Dr. Lisa B. Hightow-Weidman, Erik Valera from the Latino Commission on AIDS, and Barry Walters with AIDS Project New Haven, present an accredited, educational, live webinar on the incidence and sequelae associated with undetected HIV infection. In addition, they evaluate strategies to promote HIV testing and counseling, and discuss new techniques and technologies which can identify HIV infections. Complimentary CME & CE credits, but registration is required.

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The C. diff Debate: The Role of Diagnostics in Disease Determination

Moderated by Ciarán P. Kelly, MD, this debate and self-study program with Professors Ferric C. Fang, MD and Mark H. Wilcox, MD identifies new developments and discoveries with C. difficile, reviews current guidelines for diagnosis and prevention, assesses CDI testing methodologies and current controversies, and applies findings to determine the appropriate protocol and testing algorithms for CDI for one’s institution.

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New Sepsis Measures and Applications for Improving Outcome

This accredited educational webinar presented by Drs. Mitchell M. Levy and Shu-Ling Fan, and healthcare professionals Patti DeJuilio and Alexander Johnson, explored the new CMS measures for sepsis and institutional applications, assessed the findings with the implementation of sepsis bundles, and discussed best practices for sepsis care including point-of-care.

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Rapid HIV Screening: Best Practices for Earlier Detection

Presented by Drs. Neil W. Anderson and Hannah Berry Gay, this accredited educational webinar reviewed current guidelines for HIV testing, screening, and analysis, identified the patient population that can benefit from rapid POCT, and developed strategies and best practices to improve the care of patients who are HIV positive and HIV negative.

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HistoryofInfluenza.com

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates between three and five million cases of severe illness and between 250,000 and 500,000 deaths occur each year due to influenza. It is important for healthcare professionals to understand the historical chronology of events and that the threat of pandemic influenza has led to significant discoveries in antiviral treatments, rapid diagnostics, and methods of global surveillance. This accredited, self-study program is designed for these purposes.

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Heart Failure Readmissions: Improving the Post-Discharge Process

This accredited educational webinar presented by Drs. Nancy M. Albert and Beth T. Davidson, focused on factors associated with early rehospitalization of patients with heart failure, specific interventions which reduce readmissions, and strategies to enhance post-discharge outcomes. The HEart Failure DischargeInitiative (HEFDI) sponsored the webinar, funded by an educational grant from Alere, Inc.

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New Paradigms in Heart Failure: RAAS Inhibition and the Management of Hyperkalemia

During this live educational program moderated by Professor John McMurray, new options for the treatment of hyperkalemia in heart failure patients were presented. Dr. Faiez Zannad, a world leader on this topic, led the discussion with current challenges in optimizing renin-angiotensin-aldosterone inhibitors (RAASi) and Dr. Ileana Piña provided pragmatic advice on new pharmacological treatment options for RAASi.

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The RAASi Debate: Should RAAS Blockade Continue With a Declining eGFR?

During this live educational program moderated by Dr. Marisa Crespo-Leiro, highly regarded clinicians in the space of cardiology and nephrology debated whether or not RAAS inhibition should continue in HF/CKD patients with a rise in creatinine/decline in eGFR. Both teams included a premier expert in heart failure and nephrology. The program was held at the Heart Failure 2015 Congress organized by the Heart Failure Association of the European Society of Cardiology.

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New and Controversial Perspectives in the Treatment of Hyperkalemia in Acute Kidney Injury and Chronic Renal Failure

During this live educational program moderated by Claudio Ronco, MD, new findings in the area of hyperkalemia were presented by a cardiologist and critical care specialist. A panel discussion led by Dr. Ronco followed with focus on hyperkalemia management in AKI and chronic renal failure from the three specialist’s viewpoints. This program was held at the 33rd Vicenza Course on Critical Care Nephrology.

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Creatinine: Significance and Applications for Rapid Creatinine Testing

Acute kidney injury (AKI) may lead to morbidity and mortality in many types of patients. Rapid creatinine testing may assist in preventing injury by assessing the decline in renal function early and subsequently prevent long-term chronic kidney disease.

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Nausea & Vomiting of Pregnancy: Cases for Pharmacological Considerations (Archive)

Approximately 50% of women have nausea and vomiting in early pregnancy (NVP), and an additional 25% have nausea alone. The effects of NVP are substantial and there is mischaracterization of nausea and vomiting of pregnancy and misinformation regarding safe, effective, and approved treatments.

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Emerging Strategies for Improving Acute Pain Management

In the face of a nationwide opioid epidemic, Drs. Patrick M. Cody, Russell D. Weisz, Jack C. McGeachy, and Eric M. Folkens discuss challenges and strategies for emergency medicine clinicians and urgent care providers searching for pain treatment modalities. Complimentary CME & CE Credits, but registration is required.

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Treatment of C. difficile Infection in 2018: What Do the New IDSA-SHEA Guidelines Recommend?

The incidence of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) has been growing steadily in the United States, and the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) and Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) has updated the 2010 guideline with significant changes. This webinar presented by Drs. Ciarán P. Kelly, Christopher R. Polage, and Carey-Ann D. Burnham is accredited for nurses, physicians, laboratory directors, quality care coordinators and all healthcare professionals involved in the prevention, detection, diagnosis, and reporting of C. difficile. Complimentary CME & CE Credits, but registration is required.

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Evidence for the Increasing Role of Natriuretic Peptides in the Diagnosis and Management of Heart Failure

This webinar presented by healthcare professionals James L. Januzzi Jr., Beth T. Davidson, and Ann S. Laramee, discusses evidence for the utility of natriuretic peptide testing to improve outcome, and presents case studies on the management of heart failure after admission and discharge. Complimentary CME & CE Credits, but registration is required.

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POINT-OF-CARE TESTING IN THE ED:
Strategies to Improve Throughput, Compliance, and Patient Outcome

Dr. Adam J. Singer, and healthcare professionals AnnMarie Papa, Ashley Hildreth, and Alexander Johnson, present an accredited, educational, live webinar reviewing current data regarding ED flow, current guidelines, mandatory reporting, processes, and point-of-care strategies to improve patient outcome. Complimentary CME & CE credits, but registration is required. Register online at EDPOCT.COM

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Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP):
Evolving Strategies for HIV Prevention, Treatment, and Testing

Drs. Cynthia C. Brinson and David W. Rosenthal presented this accredited educational webinar which reviewed the development and rationale behind pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), identified potential barriers to HIV screening and initiation of PrEP, evaluated current CDC and HRSA guidelines, determined the role of rapid point-of-care HIV antigen/antibody testing in prophylaxis and early treatment, and discussed strategies to increase screening, earlier interventions, and greater implementation of PrEP to prevent HIV infection.

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Hyperphosphatemia in CKD: Cases for Improving Compliance and Outcome

This accredited educational webinar presented by Drs. Ellie Kelepouris, Kathleen Hill Gallant, and Debra J. Hain, explored hyperphosphatemia in CKD patients, compared and contrasted new phosphate binders, and identified new strategies to improve patient adherence and outcome for CKD patients with hyperphosphatemia.

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Recognition of Low Alkaline Phosphatase Activity: The role of the Laboratory in the Clinical Dianosis of Hypophosphatasia

Held during the 68th AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo, Drs. Khosrow Adeli, Mark D. Kellogg, and Joshua J. Zaritsky led this educational symposium on defining and differentiating hypophosphatasia (HPP), recognizing the biochemical and clinical impacts of low ALP activity, and increasing recognition of low alkaline phosphatase levels and clinical follow-up.

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Hyperphosphatemia in CKD: Cases for improving Adherence and Outcome

Drs. Ellie Kelepouris, Dana Negoi and Jay B. Walsh explored hyperphosphatemia and anemia in CKD patients, and identified new treatment strategies which can improve adherence and outcome for CKD non-dialysis and dialysis patients.

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New Tools for Managing Hyperkalemia: Cases in Renal Disease and Heart Failure An Interactive Satellite Symposium With Women in Red

During this live, accredited, educational program moderated by Dr. Ileana Piña, Drs. Nancy M. Albert and Suzanne Oparil, information was presented on dose optimization with hyperkalemia in heart failure and renal disease, with interactive case studies and new paradigms of treatment for hyperkalemia. This exciting program invited interactive audience participation, offering attendees new ideas to achieve better outcomes.

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The Ongoing Management of Hyperkalemia in CKD Patients:
Cases for Clinical Decisions

During this live educational program moderated by David Wheeler, MD, discussions and case studies were presented on RAAS inhibition in CKD patients and how it can be optimized and maintained. This program was held at the 52nd European Renal Association – European Dialysis and Transplant Association Congress.

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Reducing Heart Failure Readmissions: Case Studies Utilizing Biomarkers for Risk Stratification

Heart Failure is a worldwide health issue affecting 23 million people that often requires hospitalization for treatment. Biomarkers specific to the determinants of heart failure may play an increasingly prominent role in risk assessment and the possible reduction of short-term hospital readmissions.

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VAP: Diagnosing and Managing Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia

VAP is a sub-type of hospital-acquired pneumonia, which occurs in people receiving mechanical ventilations. VAP is difficult to diagnose and surveillance is curtailed by the subjectivity of many components of the surveillance definition.

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Diagnosing and Managing Sepsis Syndrome: The Emerging Role of Bedside Analyte Testing

Sepsis is an overwhelming immune response to an infection. It kills more than 210,000 Americans each year and is becoming more common, especially in the hospital. Sepsis is a medical emergency that can be difficult to define, diagnose, and treat, but every minute counts in the effort to save lives.

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