The Nurse Practitioner eNews
The Nurse Practitioner eNews


October 1, 2009

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This month, The Nurse Practitioner features the CE article, Understanding Chronic Wound Healing. It is not uncommon for NPs to evaluate and treat chronic wounds regardless of their practice specialty. Having a basic understanding of the skin, the phases of acute wound healing, and when to refer are all part of comprehensive patient care. Earn 2.5 Contact Hours with this CE. In addition, the October issue offers, Shedding Light on Prostate Cancer, which discusses risk factors, signs and symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment options. Earn 2.5 Contact Hours with this CE.

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Online CE: The Practicalities and Pitfalls of Polypharmacy

Older adults typically present with several chronic illnesses in addition to acute problems and health promotion needs. The aging population is remarkably heterogeneous and a "one size fits all" prescribing pattern is ill-advised. Multiple research studies in the United States and abroad demonstrate that older adults are poorly served by pharmacotherapeutics. Safe and efficacious prescribing for this group is challenging and requires that the NP neither overprescribe nor underprescribe. A working knowledge of the pharmacokinetics of aging and basic pharmacodynamics of medications in the older adult is needed to appropriately care for elders. Earn 1.9 Contact Hours/ 0.5 Advanced Rx Hours. More


Heart Attack and Flu Linked
Because both seasonal and the pandemic H1N1 swine flu are circulating this fall and winter, people at risk for heart attacks are urged to get a seasonal flu shot and an H1N1 flu shot, which may reduce the chance of getting the flu and thereby lower the risk for a heart attack, experts say. More
Will Medicare Pay for HIV Screening?

Americans enrolled in the Medicare health insurance program would be able to get screened for HIV under a draft government proposal to pay for the tests. More

Defibrillators May Not Save Women
Despite their widespread use, implantable defibrillators to protect against deadly heart rhythms do not prevent deaths in women with advanced heart failure, U.S. researchers said. More

Insulin Myths Busted
A new study suggests that insulin can be safely and effectively used as a first-line treatment in people with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes, with high rates of patient satisfaction and compliance. More
Waist and Hips, Not BMI, Should be Used in Elderly
Researchers have found that changes in body size and composition that commonly occur with aging may limit the usefulness of BMI for determining how much fat a person is carrying around - and also their risk of death in a given period. More
Posting Patient Information on Facebook
Some 13% of US medical schools have reported that their students have leaked confidential information about patients via blogs or social networking websites. More


Preventive Medicine and Screening Services Medicare Coverage with Implications for Physician and other Healthcare Providers audio conference: October 28th
Many of your patients don't get the care they need because they're concerned about out-of-pocket expenses, even when the services are covered under the Medicare Preventive Services program. In other instances, physician practices needlessly write off these charges. Why? MedLearn’s audio conference, Wednesday, October 28th, answers this and many more questions about Preventive Medicine coverage. Learn more.

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