Infections in Geriatric Patients
Common causes of infection in long-term care facilities (LTCFs) include urinary tract infections (UTIs), pneumonia and cellulitis. The staff at LTCFs need to be able to detect any changes in a resident’s condition that could indicate an infection so they can provide appropriate monitoring and treatment. This activity will describe signs and symptoms of common infections in long-term care, highlight treatment modalities for infection and identify unique needs of geriatric patients. How the McGeer Criteria are used to provide standardized guidance for infection surveillance activities will also be discussed.
This activity is provided by Optum Health Education and Senior Community Care – Optum Home and Community.
No commercial support was received for this activity.
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This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of nurses, social workers and other health care professionals (HCPs) who have an interest in learning about infections in geriatric patients.
At the end of this activity, participants should be able to:
- Identify the signs and symptoms of UTIs, pneumonia and cellulitis in geriatric patients.
- Describe treatment modalities for infection and consider unique needs when treating geriatric patients.
Monica Ott, MD, CMD
Indiana/Missouri Market Medical Director
Senior Community Care
Optum Home & Community
Maria Teresita Alpano, APC, BC, ACHPN
Home & Community Learning
Clinical Educator, Senior Community Care
Optum Home & Community
Clinical Activity Manager
Optum Health Education
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Method for calculating CE credit
CE credit was calculated by the complexity of content.
In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Optum Health Education and Senior Community Care – Optum Home and Community. 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
The participant will be awarded up to 1 contact hour(s) of credit for attendance and completion of supplemental materials.
As a Jointly Accredited Organization, Optum Health Education is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Optum Health Education maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive 1 continuing education credits.
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- 1.00 ANCC - Nurses
- 1.00 Attendance - General Attendance
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