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Clinical Implications of Pharmacology for Therapists Working with Older Adults

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Format(s):   Live Seminars
Discipline(s):   Physical Therapy / Occupational Therapy
Contact Hours:   20
Registration Fee:   $545

Evaluate patients with polypharmacy.
Treat patients with polypharmacy.
Define and explain pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, polypharmacy, medication errors, and adverse drug events.
Explain how to use the Beers List to identify potentially inappropriate drug use in the elderly population.
List the commonly prescribed medications (prescription and OTC), their indications and side effects.
Explain medication adherence and how it relates to adverse drug events and health outcomes.
Identify adverse drug reactions, side effects, and intended effects of the medications geriatric patients take.
List the steps involved in performing medication reconciliation.
Explain where to nd the regulations pertaining to scope of practice.

Target Audience
Primary Audience - Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapist Assistants. Secondary Audience: Other Rehabilitation Professionals.
LEVEL: This course is at an intermediate level

Day 1 7:30AM Registration and Continental Breakfast 8:00AM Introduction: Medication Errors, Adverse Drug Events, Polypharmacy, Safety Culture. Case examples of medication errors. 10:30AM Break 10:45AM Pharmacology basics – Pharmacodynamics, Pharmacokinetics, desired effects, undesired effects, side effects, allergy, sensitivity, therapeutic index, therapeutic window, and minimal effective dose. 12:30PM Working Lunch (Bring your own) 1:30PM Drug Classes – Pain medications, psycho-tropics, antiseizure and neuroleptic medications (anti-depressants, anti-anxiety, anti-psychotics) cardiac medications and pulmonary medications, diabetes, osteoporosis, Parkinson’s disease. 4:30PM Break 4:45PM Appropriate use of medications in the geriatric population – Use of the updated BEERS Criteria (2012) 6:00PM Questions and Answers 6:30PM Adjourn
Day 2
7:30AM Continental Breakfast 8:00AM Medication Review – practical application; Lecture and guided practical application with medication review process. 9:45AM Break 10:00AM Evaluating patients with multiple medical problems, polypharmacy, case studies, group discussion (participants will work in small groups) Triaging patients for medication effects requiring medical intervention (Call 911, MD visit, etc.) Medication History – Clues to present impairments, chronic diseases Case Scenarios – 1. Geriatric patient with cardiopulmonary impairment. Understanding interaction of medications related to: Increasing risk for falling; Hypo/hyperglycemia; Cognitive status; Activity Tolerance 2. Geriatric patient with orthopedic and/or neurological impairment. Understanding interaction of medications related to: Pain; Gastrointestinal Disturbances; Anemia; Anti-coagulants; Sensory changes 12:45PM Working Lunch (Bring your own) 1:45PM Treating patients with multiple medical problems and polypharmacy - Case Studies - Small group discussion; Patient with osteoporosis and history of spinal compression fractures; Patient with cognitive impairment 4:30PM Break 4:45PM Medication Compliance 6:00PM Questions and Answers 6:30PM Adjourn

Have you ever wanted to be better prepared to deal with the effects of medications on your patients? Medications have both positive and negative effects on a patient’s ability to function. Therapists need to be able to effectively evaluate and treat patients whether their medications are assisting or interfering with the patient’s ADL’s and IADL’s. The purpose of this seminar is to provide participants with the information required to incorporate pharmacology and medication management into practice with the geriatric patient. The seminar format will be lecture based with small group discussion and case scenarios related to medication management and pharmacology. Participants will learn to effectively treat patients experiencing polypharmacy. Participants will learn techniques to help monitor patients for intended effects, untoward effects, side effects and to assist physicians and nurses with safe medication use and medication adherence. Evidence-based resources will be provided to assist the participant with safe medication use. The course manual is a fabulous resource for daily practice.

Dates and Locations
Register Address:   Richmond Virginia
Dates:   10-16-2021 - 10-17-2021, 12:00AM 12:00AM


Register Address:   Kansas City Missouri
Dates:   11-06-2021 - 11-07-2021, 12:00AM 12:00AM


Register Address:   Toledo Ohio
Dates:   12-04-2021 - 12-05-2021, 12:00AM 12:00AM