When a therapist is treating a patient, it's important to know what medications the patient is taking and what is the proposed result of that drug. For instance, if a patient is taking a beta blocker, the therapist should know why are they taking it and understand the effects the drug has on their patients. Someone on a beta blocker is not going to be able to work at a high level intensity, making it critical for the therapist to adjust their treatment plan accordingly.
This course introduces the basic concepts of pharmacology including drug nomenclature, administration, absorption, distribution and elimination. Therapists are provided with an in-depth exploration of pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and drug therapy in the elderly. Anti-depressants and anti-seizure drugs and their possible effects are also discussed, as well as common drugs used to treat the Alzheimer patient.
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).
|Contact Hours: 5||
Video Course Format: Video
|Target Audience: ATC/LAT, OT/COTA, PT/PTA, RN, SLP|
|Instructional Level: Advanced||BOC Level of Difficulty: Mastery|
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- Basic Concepts of Pharmacology
- Three Types of SE/ADR
- Drug Nomenclature
- Generic vs. Brand Name
- Administration, Absorption, Distribution, Elimination
- Drug Receptors
- Graded Dose
- Drug Therapy in the Elderly
- Inappropriate Drugs for the Elderly
- Causes of Adverse Effects
- Drug-Drug Interactions
- CNS Pharmacology: Nervous System Drugs, Sedative-Hypnotics,
- Common Dosages and Overdose
- CNS Pharmacology: Anti-Depressants
- Avoid in Patients on MAOIs, Overdose and Withdrawal
- CNS Pharmacology: Anti-Seizure Drugs
- Seizure Classification and Methods of Treatment
- Management of Parkinsonism
- Treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease
- CNS Pharmacology: General Anesthetics
- Case Study
Course Goals & Objectives:
This course is intended to instruct the professional through a self-paced study on geriatric drug therapy and central nervous system pharmacology.
At the end of this course the professional will be able to:
- Identify the basic types of side effects and adverse drug reactions for common therapeutic drugs.
- Differentiate between selective and nonselective drugs.
- Identify and differentiate between pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and toxicity.
- Differentiate the different name types for drugs.
- Differentiate between enteral and parenteral administration of a drug.
- Define half-life.
- Define potency of a drug.
- Define therapeutic index.
- Identify altered effects of drugs in the elderly.
- Define polypharmacy.
- Identify the different types of dependency.
- Define Hypertensive Crisis.
- Identify and differentiate between the types of seizures.
- Identify the therapeutic agents, functional outcomes and solutions in patients with movement disorders.
- Identify the stages of anesthesia.
- Identify MAC- minimum alveolar anesthetic.
- Identify the therapeutic agents, functional outcomes and solutions in patients receiving general anesthetics.
Contact Hours: 5
Target Audience: Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapist Assistants, Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, Speech-Language Pathologists, Athletic Trainers, Registered Nurses.
Instructional Level: Advanced
BOC Level of Difficulty: Mastery
Course Type: Seminar-on-Demand
This course is offered for 0.50 ASHA CEUs (Advanced level, Professional area).
- Financial - Suzanne Tinsley receives royalty payments for the presentation of this course.
- Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.
Content Disclosure: This course does not focus solely on any specific product or service.