Each patient that a rehabilitation professional treats is on at least one medication, and more often than not the list of medications is rather extensive. While medications are prescribed and managed by physicians and pharmacists, medications have significant implications that impact the rehabilitative process, therefore, pharmacology knowledge is essential for rehabilitation professionals. Each rehab professional should have a baseline understanding of the classes of drugs that are most commonly prescribed to adult patients for cardiovascular and pulmonary conditions, as well as their side effects and what impact they have on the rehabilitative process.
This course will review the classes of drugs that are used to manage cardiovascular and pulmonary conditions. The drugs discussed in this course include those used to treat hypertension, angina pectoris, arrhythmias, congestive heart failure, coagulation disorders, hyperlipidemia, and respiratory disorders. The emphasis is not on learning or memorizing drug names, rather the emphasis of this course will be to gain an understanding of each of the classes of drugs mentioned above. This includes a basic understanding of how the drug class works, and a more detailed understanding of the side effects and rehab implications of each drug class. In addition to lecture, case studies will be utilized to enhance the learning of the rehab professional.
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- Discussion of the principles of autonomic pharmacology in order to facilitate understanding of the drugs used to treat the cardiovascular and pulmonary systems.
- Overview of hypertension and angina pectoris medications including their indications, side effects and impact on the rehabilitation process
- Overview of medications for arrhythmias, including their indications, side effects and impact on the rehabilitation process, congestive heart failure, coagulation, and hyperlipidemia.
- Overview of medications, including their indications, side effects and impact on the rehabilitation process, for respiratory conditions such as: COPD, asthma and cystic fibrosis
Course Goals & Objectives:
This course is intended to instruct the professional on drugs that are used to manage cardiovascular and pulmonary conditions
- This course is intended to instruct the professional on drugs that are used to manage cardiovascular and pulmonary conditions
- Identify 3 results of sympathetic nervous system activation and 3 results of parasympathetic nervous system activation.
- Describe one respiratory side effect of beta blockers.
- List at least 3 classes of drugs used to treat hypertension.
- Recall why exercises or rehab interventions that cause vasodilation need to be avoided in those taking antihypertensive medications.
- Identify one reason why rehab professionals need to be aware of which patients take medication(s) for angina pectoris.
- Identify 4 classes of drugs used to treat arrhythmias.
- Recognize 3 symptoms of digitalis toxicity that a rehab professional should watch for in a patient taking digoxin.
- Identify how beta blockers effect heart rate and the impact this has on rehab professionals.
- Identify 2 side effects of anticoagulents.
- Identify a side effect of statin drugs that can be detrimental to physical functioning in patients.
- Identify 2 categories of drugs used in the management of obstructive pulmonary diseases.
- Recognize which type of drug is the first line of defense in treating asthma.
- Identify at least 2 side effects that can impact rehabilitation from prolonged corticosteroid use for the management of respiratory conditions.
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Contact Hours: 3 contact hours in length (check your state’s approval status in the state specific course catalog for your profession).
Target Audience: Physical Therapist, Physical Therapist Assistant, Occupational Therapist, and Occupational Therapist Assistant
Instructional Level: Intermediate
Criteria for Completion: 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.
Financial: Suzanne Greenwalt is employed by Belmont University and receives a salary. She receives payment from HomeCEU.com for the presentation of this course.
Nonfinancial: Suzanne Greenwalt is the Belmont University Faculty contact to the Student Assembly of the APTA.
No relevant conflicts of interest exist for any member of the activity planning committee.
Content Disclosure: This course does not focus solely on any specific product or service.