Long COVID Syndrome
This activity consists of a recorded presentation from the "31st Annual National Clinical Conference" held in Bloomington, Minn., Oct. 17-19, 2022.
Some individuals who have been infected with the COVID-19 virus can experience long-term multisystemic effects from their infection, known as post-COVID conditions (PCC) or long COVID. Post-COVID conditions can have a wide range of symptoms, and for most individuals’ symptoms slowly improve with time. However, for some, post-COVID conditions may last months, and potentially years, after COVID-19 illness, and may sometimes result in disability. Researchers are still in the early stages of understanding post-COVID conditions, and there is a need for the collaboration among health care professionals to develop and offer clinical guidance. This session discusses what we know about long COVID, including long-term effects, wide range of symptoms, the role of vaccinations, and individuals at increased risk for long-term health problems.
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This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of case managers, nurses, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, physicians, psychologists, social workers, dietitians, and other health care professionals who are interested in COVID.
At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to:
- Define long COVID, including its wide range of symptoms and the organ systems commonly affected.
- Discuss the role vaccination plays in preventing post-COVID conditions.
- Identify groups that have experienced post-COVID conditions at higher levels of prevalence and severity.
- Recognize risk factors for long-term symptoms, groups that may be at increased risk and differences in presentation among different groups.
- Review post-COVID lung disease and the indications for lung transplant in affected individuals.
Ryan T. Hurt, MD, PhD
Professor of Medicine
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine;
Vice Chair of Practice and Vice Chair of Research
Division of General Internal Medicine
About the presenter
Ryan T. Hurt, MD, PhD, is a general internal medicine physician at Mayo Clinic Rochester and serves as the vice chair of both practice and research in the division of general internal medicine. Dr. Hurt has a special interest in clinical nutrition, intestinal failure, and Post-COVID Syndrome. His clinical focus includes expertise in evaluation and management of complex medical conditions, including diagnostic workup and coordination of complex medical care. He has expertise in the management of patients requiring home parenteral and enteral nutrition, as well as in the evaluation and management of patients with long-term consequences of COVID-19. Dr. Hurt is actively involved in numerous research projects involving clinical nutrition, Post-COVID Syndrome and other general internal medicine areas.
Elizabeth Albert, MD
Clinical Activity Manager
Optum Health Education
Eden Prairie, MN
Rebecca Gleason, RN, CCM
Optum Health Education
Eden Prairie, MN
Jennifer Malin, MD, PhD
Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer
Optum Health Solutions
Eden Prairie, MN
Tina Rydland, PharmD
Disclosures of relevant financial relationships
In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education's (ACCME) Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education, OptumHealth Education (OHE) requires all those in control of educational content to disclose their financial relationships with ineligible companies within the prior 24 months. Ineligible companies are defined by the ACCME as companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing health care products used by or on patients. Individuals must disclose all financial relationships, regardless of the amount, with ineligible companies and regardless of their view of the relevance of the relationship to the education. OHE ensures that the content is independent of commercial bias.
Dr. Ryan Hurt has indicated that he is a consultant for Nestle Nutrition.
The activity planners have no financial relationships to disclose.
Method for calculating CE credit
CE credit was calculated by the complexity of content.
In support of improving patient care, Optum Health Education is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the health care team.
Credit designation statements
This activity was planned by and for the health care team, and learners will receive 0.75 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credits for learning and change.
The participant will be awarded up to 0.75 contact hour(s) of credit for attendance and completion of supplemental materials.
The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME and ANCC.
This activity is approved for 0.75 contact hour(s) ([0.075] CEU) in states that recognize ACPE.
Attending the full program will earn 0.75 contact hour(s).
Unique Activity Number(s): JA0007123-0000-23-081-H01-P/T
Optum Health Education designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME.
The Commission for Case Manager Certification has approved this program for a maximum of 0.75 clock hour(s) for Certified Case Managers (CCM).
Completion of this RD/DTR profession-specific or IPCE activity awards CPEUs (One IPCE credit=One CPEU).
If the activity is dietetics-related but not targeted to RDs or DTRs, CPEUs may be claimed which are commensurate with participation in contact hours (One 60 minute hour=1 CPEU).
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Psychologists and social workers
Participants must have attended the entire Web-based activity and completed an evaluation to receive a certificate. Partial credit is not available.
Optum Health Education is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education for psychologists. OptumHealth Education maintains responsibility for this program. 0.75 CE hour.
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A certificate of attendance will be provided to learners upon completion of activity requirements, enabling participants to register with licensing boards or associations that have not been preapproved for credits. To apply for credit types not listed above, participants should use the procedure established by the specific organization with which they wish to obtain credit.
- 0.75 ACPE - Pharmacists
- 0.75 ACPE - Pharmacy Technicians
- 0.75 AMA - Physicians
- 0.75 ANCC - Nurses
- 0.75 APA - Psychologists
- 0.75 Attendance - General Attendance
- 0.75 CCMC - General - Case Managers
- 0.75 CDR - Dietitians
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