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Cardiopulmonary Considerations for the Geriatric Patient

Format(s):   Home-study
Discipline(s):   Physical Therapy
Contact Hours:   5
Registration Fee:   $144.00

Course Goals:This course is intended to guide the professional through a study of cardiopulmonary considerations for the geriatric patient.Professional Objectives:At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to Recognize normal anatomy and physiology of the cardiopulmonary system including normal blood flow, properties of the lungs, and the process of gas exchange. Identify the cardiopulmonary changes that accompany the aging process Identify the pathologic changes that accompany cardiopulmonary diseases Identify the response of the cardiopulmonary system to exercise List and evaluate the cardiopulmonary system of the geriatric patient, including use of cardiopulmonary medications Identify goals and prescribe a treatment program for the geriatric patient with cardiopulmonary complications, including exercise prescription and patient/caregiver education Cite cardiopulmonary issues appropriately in therapy documentation Criteria for Completion:A score of 70% or more is considered passing. Scores of less than 70% indicate a failure to understand the material and the test will need to be taken again until a passing score has been achieved.

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The cardiopulmonary comorbidities that are present in the geriatric population greatly impact how health care professionals should treat patients, including assessment, interventions, and recommendations. In order to have an in-depth understanding of geriatric cardiopulmonary pathologies, the health care professional must also have an understanding of the cardiopulmonary anatomy, the normal aging process, and how to differentiate normal aging from pathology. This course reviews all of these areas and discusses the most common cardiopulmonary pathologies seen in the geriatric population. The proper techniques to monitor vital signs, the use of functional assessments and the most effective documentation techniques are all explored. In addition, cardiopulmonary medications are reviewed so that the rehab professional can gain an understanding of the specific classes of drugs used for the pathologies discussed, their side effects and potential impact on rehab. This Seminar-On-Demand is 5 contact hours in length (check your state?s approval status in the state specific course catalog for your profession).

Dates and Locations
Register Address:   , , Online Seminar
Dates:   01-01-2050 - 01-01-2050