Five Online CME Programs for Hospitalists

Improve your knowledge of vaccinations, wound care, and the diagnosis and management of stroke in the hospital setting by participating in these CME courses.

Improve your knowledge of vaccinations, wound care, and the diagnosis and management of stroke in the hospital setting by participating in the CME courses below.

Vaccines and Health MaintenanceCredits: 2.00

Fee: None

Expires: February 27, 2012

Multimedia: None

Hospitalists are uniquely positioned to ensure in-hospital vaccinations for diseases ranging from tetanus to influenza. In this activity, Suzanne R. Lavoie, MD, and David J. Friedel, MD, will discuss appropriate tetanus, pertussis, pneumococcal, influenza, hepatitis, and post-splenectomy immunizations, and will review strategies for improving compliance with recommended protocols and indications and contraindications for various vaccines.

Geriatrics: Skin and Chronic Wound Care in Older AdultsCredits: 2.00

Fee: $40.00

Expires: May 4, 2013

Multimedia: Audio/Video

This activity focuses on appropriate assessment and wound care management in older patients, an area that is “not routinely and adequately covered in most residency training curricula.” Five clinical scenarios are presented that “highlight the principles of assessment and treatment of common chronic wound conditions: normal aging skin, skin tears, foot ulcers in persons with diabetes, venous stasis ulcers, and pressure ulcers.” Also included are videos instructing participants on how to properly dress a skin tear, perform compression wrapping, and probe and swab a chronic wound.

Non-Pharmacologic Prevention of Surgical Wound InfectionCredits: 0.50

Fee: None

Expires: June 22, 2011

Multimedia: None

In this article, Daniel Sessler, MD, reviews the incidence and pathophysiology of surgical wound infections, and discusses strategies for preventing these infections, which “are generally detected five to nine days after surgery and are usually attributed, even by surgeons, to poor surgical technique or failure to maintain sterility.” Sessler also explains the host defense mechanisms that prevent most contamination from developing into clinical infections, and when host defense is most important.

Dynamic Volume Computed Tomography in StrokeCredits: 1.50

Fee: None

Expires: June 23, 2011

Multimedia: Audio/Video

In this webcast, Jeffrey T. Dardinger, MD, and Kenneth V. Snyder, MD, PhD, review the appropriate application of dynamic volume computed tomography (CT) in stroke patients, application of computed tomography dose protocols in order to improve patient outcomes while managing healthcare costs, and appropriate use of CT perfusion in decision making regarding immediate revascularization of acute stroke patients. The authors also describe new volume computed tomography imaging techniques for diagnosis and treatment, and different models of analysis of CT perfusion data.

New Insights into the Diagnosis and Treatment of Single-Gene Disorders Associated with Cryptogenic Ischemic StrokeCredits: 1.50

Fee: None

Expires: September 30, 2013

Multimedia: None

Cryptogenic ischemic stroke can be difficult to diagnose and manage, according to the authors of this activity, who state that “accurate diagnosis of single-gene disorders within cryptogenic stroke cases will allow for appropriate treatment and better overall patient outcomes.” The activity focuses on recognizing cryptogenic stroke, the different types of single-gene stroke disorders, the clinical presentation of genetic stroke disorders, and the treatment options and prevention techniques for complications resulting from genetic stroke disorders.