Four of our favorite courses are 50% off thru 4-30-20! Use code FMA2 during payment to apply the discount. 
 

1. Chain of Infection

 An illustration showing the chain of infection.The very nature of healthcare settings makes them vulnerable to the spread of infections because they serve patients who are ill and are therefore susceptible hosts. Patients with altered immunity such as people with cancer or HIV/AIDS are at high risk for infection. Surgical patients are at risk because any incision creates a new portal of entry for pathogens. Elderly patients may have weakened immunity simply because of their age. Healthcare workers are themselves at risk of infection because of their close daily contact with patients who may harbor pathogens. Thus, infection control (and breaking the chain of infection) is a primary component of safe, effective patient care. Go to Chain of Infection ►

2. Fentanyl: Scourge of the Opioids

Packages of different types and dosages of fentanyl. The opioid epidemic, labeled the most serious national issue of our time, has worsened with fentanyl. As a healthcare professional, you have a role in our nation’s fatal opioid epidemic. From those who prescribe to those who administer fentanyl, everyone plays a part in helping or hurting those seeking opioids for pain relief. This course will discuss the causes, definitions of use and abuse, pharmacodynamics, and prevention and treatment strategies for this serious issue in healthcare. Go to Fentanyl: Scourge of the Opioids ►

3. Flu 2020

A child receiving a flu shot. Just 100 years ago, the world was hit by of one of the largest and most devastating influenza pandemics in history. During a 2-year stretch, more people died from flu than in all of World War I. In fact, more people died during this pandemic than died from the bubonic plague. Influenza, like other diseases that seem lost in the past, is nothing to mess with. Now, we're experiencing the spread of a novel virus called the coronavirus, which has many similarities to the 1918-1919 flu pandemic. This course explains how viruses are categorized, typed, and sub-typed, and how they drift and shift. The influenza pandemic--from over a century ago--provides an indication of why public health officials are so concerned about the emergence of another novel virus.

This course, which is open to the public, describes the current and historical impact of influenza, seasonal and pandemic. It includes influenza epidemiology, virus types and subtypes, how influenza viruses drift and shift, and a review of the worldwide impact of the 1918–1919 flu pandemic. It discusses the goal of universal vaccination, as well as diagnosis, treatment, and the composition of the 2020 influenza vaccines. Go to Flu 2020 ►

4. Suicide in America

Picture of a woman passed out after downing a bottle of pills. Before starting work on this course, we thought we knew a few things about suicide. It turns out we were painfully uninformed. Like other societal issues, suicide is riven with controversy. Class, gender, racial, cultural, and economic components cloud our understanding. Not to mention, it's hard to talk about and hard to ask patients about! 

This 6 contact hour course helps to educate healthcare professionals and others about the scope and seriousness of suicide. It identifies groups disproportionally affected by suicide and provides information about suicide screening. It discusses psychosocial and pharmacologic treatments, emphasizes the importance of supportive third parties, and includes practical guidelines to reduce access to lethal means. Finally, it relates aspects of military culture that may affect the incidence of suicide in active-duty military and veterans. Go to Suicide in America ►