ATrain Education

 

Continuing Education for Health Professionals

Acetaminophen: When It Becomes Dangerous

Authors:
Tracey Long, RN, PhD, MS, MSN, CDE, CNE, CHUC, COI, CCRN

Tracey is a registered nurse who has worked in critical care, telemetry, and primary care for almost 30 years. She developed health education and diabetes programs in Spanish for local hospitals in Las Vegas, Nevada, where she now resides. Tracey earned a double bachelor’s degree in Nursing Science and Spanish from Brigham Young University, a master’s degree in Public Health Education at California College of Health Sciences, and an MSN in Nursing Education at UNLV. She completed her PhD in Nursing Education and Leadership. Tracey has served on the nursing faculty at the College of Southern Nevada and at Nevada State College. She has been a health-welfare missionary in Colombia and works with International Service Learning, taking nurses and students to Belize, Peru, Colombia, Costa Rica and other developing countries, where they offer medical clinics to rural communities. Her research interests are international health and nursing, simulation, cultural competency training, measuring effectiveness in education, and diabetes education. She served on the National Council of State Boards of Nursing for the National Nursing Simulation Study Team.

As a freelance speaker Tracey earned the Educator of Excellence Award, and has been an invited keynote speaker for nursing school graduations, nursing career fairs, nursing webinars, and genealogy seminars. She has written three children’s health books as well as Climbing Family Trees: Whispers in the Leaves about researching genealogy. She married her college sweetheart and they have their own Brady Bunch of six kids, who teach her what’s really important in life! 

 

 


Mark Nichols, PhD

Mark Nichols earned a BA in Biochemistry from the University of California, Berkeley, and a PhD in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry from Yale University. He then spent several years doing postdoctoral work in Heidelberg, Germany, before joining the faculty in Pharmacology at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine.

Mark is a biomedical researcher, medical school faculty member, consultant, and expert witness in molecular pharmacology, oncology, and endocrinology. His research has focused on estrogens, estrogen receptors, and steroids and their roles in hormone-responsive breast and uterine cancers, as well as prostate, lung, and other cancers.


JoAnn O'Toole, RN, BSN

JoAnn O’Toole, RN, BSN,is a registered nurse, writer, and researcher. While in college at San Jose State University and later at the University of Mexico in Mexico City, she carried a double major in Spanish and journalism and a minor in Latin.

She currently works in the Emergency Department at Kaiser Hospital in Redwood City, California, a certified stroke center and a sepsis center.



  • Contact hours:
  • Pharmacotherapy hours: 2
  • Expiration date: February 1, 2021
  • Course price: $19

Course Summary

This course explores acetaminophen use and overuse with a focus on the signs and symptoms of liver injury and adverse effects. It also discusses FDA recommendations for various ages and at-risk populations.

ATrain Education, Inc. is an approved provider by the American Occupational Therapy Association. The following course information applies to occupational therapy professionals:

  • Target Audience: Occupational Therapists, OTAs
  • Instructional Level: Intermediate
  • Content Focus: Category 1—Domain of OT, Client Factors

Criteria for Successful Completion

80% or higher on the post test, a completed evaluation form, and payment where required. No partial credit will be awarded.

Conflict of Interest/Commercial Support

Conflict of Interest/Commercial Support

The planners and authors of this learning activity have declared no conflicts of interest, vested interest, or financial relationship that may influence the content of this activity. All information is provided fairly and without bias.

ATrain Education, Inc. received no outside financial or commercial support in the preparation, presentation or implementation of this learning activity and has no affiliation with any company whose products or services are mentioned in this activity.

Accreditation Information

Objectives: When you finish this course you will be able to:

  • Explain the widespread use of acetaminophen both as an over-the-counter drug (OTC) and by prescription in combination with other drugs.
  • Discuss self-dosing of acetaminophen as an OTC drug and the hazard of unintentional overdose.
  • Describe the relationship of acetaminophen to acute liver failure.
  • State the currently recommended maximum 24-hour dose of acetaminophen and explain drug-drug and alcohol interactions.
  • Distinguish potencies of acetaminophen preparations for infants, children, and adults.
  • Discuss the FDA rulings on acetaminophen and their recommendations for the future.

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