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Speed Dating with Pharmacists: 50 Practical Medication Tips (AAHPM)

Speed Dating with Pharmacists: 50 Practical Medication Tips (AAHPM) is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 1.
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Complex medication decisions are an integral part of treating palliative care patients. Pharmacists have a unique perspective on using these medications creatively and effectively. This course will flirt with tips and tricks for using medications appropriately for patients facing advanced disease. Whether reviewing a medication profile, aggressively treating symptoms, or strategizing a dosage formulation, it can be hard to commit to medication decisions. Two pharmacists will speed date their way through medication tips designed to highlight important and little known medication facts that are important in palliative medicine. Topics to be covered include: tapering maintenance medications, side effects such as hypogonadism with opioid use, rectal administration of oral medications, using topical opioids, tips for maximizing dosing of patches, buccal versus transmucosal administration, using opioid antagonists, medications that you can crush versus dissolve, and more. Find a tip that you are compatible with that just may change your life. AAHPM endorses the standards of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). All who are in a position to control or influence the content of an educational activity must disclose any relevant financial relationships with commercial interests.* Disclosure documents were reviewed for potential conflicts of interest and, if identified, they were resolved prior to confirmation of participation. Only those who had no conflict of interest or who agreed to an identified resolution process prior to their participation were involved in this activity . (All editors and authors have disclosed no relevant financial relationships.) *A commercial interest is defined as any entity producing, marketing, reselling, or distributing healthcare goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients. (Exclusions at the time of this writing included 501-C nonprofit organizations, government organizations, liability and health insurance providers, non-healthcare related companies, group medical practices, and for-profit healthcare providers.)

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Course Code: REL-HEN-2462
Hours: 1.4
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 4/30/2018
Learning Objectives:
Describe 3 medication tips related to dosage formulations
List 3 medication tips related to medication administration
List 3 medication tips related to stopping or starting medications

I. Regimented, documented review to avoid drug errors during transitions in care
A. Where does hospice stand with this?
II. Make those dosage increases count!
A. DON’T increase by a pre-conceived milligram amount!
III. Quantifying PRN Opioid use
A. Determining the total daily dose of opioids
B. This conveys that you believe the patient, and realize they need the opioid to achieve comfort
IV. Pain Management in OAT Patients
A. OAT (Opioid Agonist Therapy)
B. Buprenorphine patient options
C. Methadone patient options:
V. Quantifying Heroin Use
VI. Methods for Methadone Conversion
VII. Naloxone in Opioid-Tolerant Patients
A. Is it opioid intoxication or impending death?
B. Use small doses of naloxone if indicated (don’t totally reverse the opioid – patient will go into screaming withdrawal)
VIII. Naloxone infusion for LA opioids
A. If opioid reversal is indicated, an infusion may be necessary if secondary to a long acting opioid agent
B. Several methods:
1. 4mg in 1 L D5W, and give 100 mL/hr
2. Give 75% of the bolus dose required to reverse
IX. Patient Controlled Methylphenidate (MP)
X. Pain Scales
XI. Proton Pump Inhibitors
A. One of the most widely usedgroup of medications in US.
B. Recommended first linefor serious problems relatedto gastric acid.
C. Given with NSAIDs and CCSs forpatients at risk of gastrotoxicity.
XII. Malodorous Wounds
A. Fungating lesions from cancers growing out through the skin can be malodorous
B. Many potential causes, bacterial infections are a significant factor
C. Baker and Haig Scale of Severity
XIII. Drying Up Secretions

Instructor: Kathryn A. Walker, Pharm.D., BCPS, CPE
Assistant Professor, University of Maryland School of Pharmacy
Instructor: Mary Lynn McPherson, Pharm.D., BCPS, CPE
Professor, University of Maryland School of Pharmacy
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: advanced level Nurse Practitioners; advanced level Physicians; intermediate and advanced level Nurses; intermediate and advanced level Social Workers; in the following settings: Hospice; and the following practice categories: Hospice.
Relias Learning will be transparent in disclosing if any commercial support, sponsorship or co-providership is present prior to the learner completing the course.
Relias Learning has a grievance policy in place to facilitate reports of dissatisfaction. Relias Learning will make every effort to resolve each grievance in a mutually satisfactory manner. In order to report a complaint or grievance please contact Relias Learning at support@reliaslearning.com.
All courses offered by Relias Learning, LLC are developed from a foundation of diversity, inclusiveness, and a multicultural perspective. Knowledge, values and awareness related to cultural competency are infused throughout the course content.
To earn continuing education credit for this course you must achieve a passing score of 80% on the post-test and complete the course evaluation.
Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous Distance Learning with interactivity which includes quizzes with questions/answers, and posttests.


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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great presentatio The class was fast paced, always kept my attention. I have suggested this class to all of my co-workers!
Date published: 2016-05-13
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