Thursday, January 5, 2012

Free CEUs (On Demand Webinar): Getting More High Cardiovascular Disease Risk Patients to Goal: Simulations to Improve Real Outcomes

Getting More High Cardiovascular Disease Risk Patients to Goal: Simulations to Improve Real Outcomes

Release Date: October 17, 2011
Expiration Date: October 18, 2013
Accredited for:
·                                 Physicians
·                                 Physician assistants
·                                 Nurses
·                                 Nurse practitioners
·                                 Dialysis technicians
·                                 Dietitians
·                                 Pharmacists
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is now widely accepted as an independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD), with more patients dying from CVD than from end-stage renal disease. Cardiovascular risk increases as kidney function declines, but in the predialysis stages of CKD, risk factor intervention has been shown to effectively reduce cardiovascular events and mortality. This CME/CE activity will explore cardiovascular prevention strategies in patients with stages 1–4 CKD and, through a dynamic, integrated inter-professional learning approach, help bridge identified gaps in clinical competency and in the performance of healthcare providers and healthcare teams.
Learning Objectives
After completing this educational activity, you will be able to:
·                                 Review recommended laboratory measures and other assessments, with respective targets related to cardiovascular risk, to aid in assessing and managing CVD risk in high-risk patient populations to get them to goal
·                                 Integrate evidence-based guidelines to reduce CVD risk in high-risk patients to help prevent or minimize adverse long term outcomes
·                                 Outline a collaborative inter-professional approach to better manage CVD risk in high-risk patients and foster best practices in the delivery of care
Method of Participation
This CME/CE activity is available as a dynamic web-based, computer-guided experience that allows learners to assess the needs of three virtual patients similar to challenging patients whom they see in practice – people with multiple risk factors and disease states that pose increased CVD risk. A complete picture of each “virtual patient” will be unveiled as the clinician reads the patient record, asks questions, and elicits findings from laboratory data and physical exams. Once the learners feel confident about the information, they will be able to develop a clinical action plan that addresses individual virtual patient needs, including those for collaborative inter-professional care. Upon submission of the clinical action plan, learners will be able to compare their clinical action plans against an evidence-based “best practice” plan outlined in advance by clinical experts. To receive a certificate of completion, participants will be required to complete, at a minimum, one virtual patient experience, including a post-test and program evaluation. The estimated time for completion is 1.5 hour. To receive AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™, participants must receive a minimum score of 70% on the post-test.
President, Accreditation Council for Clinical Lipidology
Trinity, FL
Carl Orringer, MD, FACC
Associate Professor of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University
School of Medicine
Cleveland, OH
C. Venkata S. Ram, MD, FACC, MACP
Director, Texas Blood Pressure Institute
Clinical Research Institute of Dallas Nephrology Associates
Dallas, TX


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