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Zika Virus (ZIKV)

 

Zika fever is a mosquito-borne illness that in humans can cause fever, malaise, and cutaneous rash. Zika virus (ZIKV) was first isolated in Uganda in 1947 and has since spread from the continent of Africa to many other areas of the world, including Oceania, and South and Central America. This course describes how the Zika virus is transmitted via the Aedes aegypti mosquito as well as clinical signs and symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention.

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Teaching Patients about Diabetes

 

Healthcare professionals who are not diabetes educators are still often called upon to teach diabetes patients techniques of self-care. This involves an understanding about how adults learn and how to create an environment that supports their learning. It is essential to the daily life and future of people with diabetes that they understand and practice self-care so they can manage a disease that can be devastating if it is left unchecked.

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Designer Drugs: Bath Salts, Synthetic Cannabinoids, and Synthetic Hallucinogens

Designer drugs are synthetic compounds whose molecular structures have been modified based on chemically similar illicit drugs. The newly created substances can often be purchased legally because their modified chemical structures are not covered under existing drug laws. Since, in many cases, designer drugs are not yet illegal, they are inaccurately referred to as “legal highs” or “herbal highs.” This course gives an overview of the types of designer drugs and describes the challenges related to testing and assessment of designer drug use as wells as goals for treatment of designer drug addiction.

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West Virginia: Mental Health Care of Veterans and Their Familes

Nearly 1 in 10 West Virginia citizens have served in the U.S. Armed Forces—more people per capita than most other states.

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Delirium: First Rule It Out

Delirium is a deeply concerning diagnosis that challenges a clinician to decide whether it is symptomatic of an underlying medical condition or psychological in nature. Our course by author Cindy Kibbe covers what delirium is, the underlying medical conditions that can cause delirium, assessments used to assist in forming an accurate diagnosis of delirium, similar conditions with which delirium is confused, and some appropriate actions to take to diminish or prevent delirium.

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Dementia Care: Common Sense Guidelines

People who have Alzheimer’s or other dementias are themselves our best teachers about their needs and level of care. This course presents fifteen common sense guidelines based on what these individuals taught the author, Stephanie Zeman, over the twenty years she has worked as a dementia care nurse. The course is based on the book entitled Kisses for Elizabeth: A Common Sense Approach to Alzheimer’s and Dementia (2012).

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West Virginia nurses and nurse practitioners

A new CE course from ATrain Education on best practices for the prescribing of controlled substances and information about the problems associated with the diversion of drugs for non-medical purposes. https://www.atrainceu.com/course/west-virginia-prescribing-controlled-substances-139

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Ebola Virus Disease

We feel so strongly about the need for education about the Ebola epidemic that we're offering a 4-unit CE course for free:

https://www.atrainceu.com/course/ebola-virus-disease-138

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Pain Management News

In 1805 a German pharmacist’s assistant named Friedrich Sertürner succeeded in crystallizing morphine from opium; it was the first isolation of a natural plant alkaloid. Morphine was first marketed in 1817 as an analgesic and as a treatment for opium and alcohol addiction. By 1820 it was widely available in Western Europe in standardized doses. During the early 1800s, morphine was referred to by some as “God’s own medicine.” Several decades later the invention of a reliable hypodermic syringe provided a safe way to inject purified morphine directly into the blood. This allowed for a more potent and rapid effect than opium and it quickly became popular as a pain reliever and as a recreational drug.

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