Early recognition of a change in pulmonary status improves the clinical management of residents of long-term care facilities. Health care professionals (HCPs) are frequently responsible for assessing the respiratory status of residents and identifying early signs and symptoms of a change in respiratory condition. This is essential to providing early intervention, but there are challenges in differentiating between onset of an acute illness and an exacerbation of a chronic condition. Optimal care requires skills and training that include education on accurately assessing physical findings, relevant patient history, vital signs and available diagnostics. This activity will discuss the etiology of respiratory illness and highlight assessment skills and interventions. Details on pneumonia and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) will also be described.
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 HCPs who have an interest in learning about respiratory assessments in a geriatric population.
At the end of this activity, participants should be able to:
- Recognize early signs and symptoms of change in condition related to respiratory illness.
- Identify important aspects of pulmonary assessment.
- Discern abnormal findings and symptoms of chronic disease exacerbations.
Todd Sobol MD, FACP, CMD
Regional Medical Director (Central), Senior Community Care
Optum Home & Community
Lisa Panish, DNP, APRN, GNP-BC
Home & Community Learning
Clinical Educator, Senior Community Care
Optum Home & Community
Clinical Activity Manager
Optum Health Education
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The activity faculty and 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, 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 .75 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 .75 continuing education credits.
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 from which they wish to obtain credit.
- 0.75 ANCC - Nurses
- 0.75 Attendance - General Attendance
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