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Polypharmacy in the Elderly: What Nurses Should Know About Managing Multiple Medications in the Older Adult (1 contact hour Monograph)

Hours: 1.00


Target Audience: All nurses, including RNs, and LPNs, and any other healthcare personnel involved in geriatric care.

Original Release Date: November 14, 2012
Review Date: March 16, 2016
Expiration Date: March 16, 2019

Description: Nurses can help reduce the risks associated with polypharmacy in the elderly population by understanding how aging affects the ability to metabolize drugs, the types of drugs that cause the most problems in older patients, how to assess for drug-related problems, and how to intervene. This monograph will assist nurses in reviewing the elderly patient’s medication list and in utilizing tools such as  the 2012 updated Beers Criteria for Potentially Inappropriate Medications (PIMS) and in reconciling an elderly patient’s medication list.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion, participants should be able to
1. Discuss the risks associated with potentially inappropriate medications (PIMS) for the elderly and other commonly prescribed drug classes.
2. Identify tools available to the nurse to assess drug-related problems associated with polypharmacy.
3. Describe interventions nurses can take to reduce any drug-related problems with polypharmacy.

Learning Assessment: There will be a post test for this activity with a minimum performance requirement of 8 out of 10 correct answers.

Estimated time to complete activity: 1 hour

Method and Medium: To obtain contact hour credit, read the entire monograph online, download to a printer and read, or download and save to your computer. Complete the evaluation and post test and print your certificate online.

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Continuing Nursing Education Information: This activity is sponsored by LAMMICO. Successful completion of this course includes completion of post test with 80% passage rate and completion of evaluation. This continuing nursing education program has been approved for 1.0 contact hour.

Accreditation and Designation Statements: This activity has been approved for 1.0 Contact Hour of Continuing Nursing Education by Health Education Services, Inc.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 14890 for 1.0 contact hour

Refund Policy: If purchased, there will be no refund once the activity has been accessed.

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Disclosure: The authors, and planning committee members for this activity have no relevant financial relationships to disclose. Dr. Charles Cefalu, disclosed a potential conflict of interest relative to this educational activity. Dr Cefalu reported serving on the speakers bureau for Sanofi Pasteur and Boeninger Ingelheim and Grant/Research support AMGEN LTC osteoporosis Project-LSUHSC. The nurse planning committee determined that this did not bias the content.

About the Authors and Expert Reviewer: Ruth Ryan RN,BSN,MSW,CPHRM, LAMMICO Senior Education Specialist, Sara Fishcher, PhD. and Expert Reviewer: Dr Charles Cefalu - Read full bios

Managing Editor: Dawer Azizi, RN BSN, MHA, CPHRM, Manager of Risk Management

Editor: Sharon Cusanza, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, LAMMICO Senior Risk Management Education Specialist

Content Advisors/Planning Committee Members -
Dawer Azizi, MHA, CPHRM, LAMMICO Manager of Risk Management 
Cynthia Dauner, RN, MPH, CPHQ, Medical Interactive Education Specialist

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Web Master Contact Information: For assistance, contact Shea Ivey at 866/398-1038 or help@medicalinteractive.com

Disclaimer: This activity is presented by LAMMICO as risk management education. It is not legal advice, nor does it establish medical standards of care. Standards of care vary depending on the unique presentation of each patient. The information contained herein is not a substitute for the reasonable discretion of skilled and informed clinicians at the point of care. Medical Interactive seeks to meet all the continuing education requirements for every state nursing board. However, the regulations in each state differ, and may change.  Before taking any course, you should confirm whether the course meets your state board's requirements for continuing education credit.

Copyright Information: Copyright © 2012

Bibliography: To view and download a Bibliography for this presentation, please select the References button below.


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