Thursday, May 10, 2012

FREE CEU: Optimizing Strategies for Managing Anemia in Patients on Dialysis

Patients on Dialysis:
Simulations to Improve Real Outcomes
Release Date: January 23, 2012
Expiration Date: January 23, 2014

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Physicians (nephrologists, cardiologists, family physicians) / Physician assistants / Nurse practitioners / Nurses / Dialysis technicians / Dietitians / Pharmacists / Case managers
Anemia is particularly common in patients with kidney failure (end-stage renal disease (ESRD) or CKD stage 5) and is associated with reduced quality of life. It may also contribute to cardiovascular disease (CVD). Evidence-based evaluation and management of anemia are important components of optimal care for patients on dialysis, and effective treatment with erythropoiesis-stimulating agents (ESAs) and iron supplementation remains an area of ongoing investigation. This interactive web-based CME/CE activity will allow clinicians to evaluate and treat patients with anemia and kidney failure in a virtual environment using evidence-based "best practices." The goal is to improve outcomes in patients with anemia and kidney failure.
Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this educational activity, you will be able to:
Apply evidence-based assessment strategies to optimize clinical decision making related to management of patients with anemia and kidney failure
Appraise options for anemia management in dialysis patients to minimize risk for hemoglobin variability to improve patient outcomes
Integrate evidence-based strategies to manage anemia in complicated dialysis patients with multiple chronic diseases to prevent or minimize adverse long-term outcomes
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 two virtual patients similar to challenging patients whom they see in practice. 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 1.0 hour. To receive AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™, participants must receive a minimum score of 70% on the post-test.
Rajiv Agarwal, MBBS, MD, FAHA, FASN
Professor of Medicine
Indiana University School of Medicine
Division of Nephrology
Indianapolis, IN

Susan Cary, BSN, MN, APRN, NP-BC, CNN
Nurse Practitioner
Ochsner Clinic Foundation of Baton Rouge
Baton Rouge, LA

Ruth McDonald, MD
Clinical Director
Seattle Children's Hospital
Inpatient and Outreach Program, Nephrology
Seattle, WA

FREE CME/CE On-demand Webcast Available Now!
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