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Carol Knauff

Carol Knauff holds 35 years of nursing experience in various roles- staff, management, education- with an emphasis in gastrointestinal and critical care specialties. Carol’s passion in nursing is to help nurses understand why they do what they do. Her colleagues find her presentation style unique and look forward to any educational programs that she holds. 

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Our continuing nursing education courses are accredited by the California Board of Registered Nurses, the Georgia Board of Nursing, and the Florida Board of Nursing. All states (with the exception of Hawaii) recognize our courses for accredited continuing education contact hours.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # CEP 15467, course provides 1.00 contact hours. This document must be retained by the licensee for a period of four years after the course concludes.

Course approved by the Florida Board of Nursing, and Georgia Board of Nursing, CE Broker Tracking #20-497535, course provides 1.0 contact hours. CE Provider #: 50-13256.
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Antipsychotic Medications in Dementia Care

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Antipsychotic Medications in Dementia Care
Our continuing nursing education courses are accredited by the California Board of Registered Nurses, the Georgia Board of Nursing, and the Florida Board of Nursing. All states (with the exception of Hawaii) recognize our courses for accredited continuing education contact hours.

Why Antipsychotic Medications are a “no-no”: Providing Excellent Care for Dementia Patients in Long-Term Care Facilities

Have you ever seen a continuing education course’s title and thought that you already knew about that? Maybe it’s the case when dementia or antipsychotic drugs are mentioned. But, have you heard the latest? Are you aware that antipsychotic medication use has been linked to a higher mortality rate in the elderly with dementia? This online continuing education course will provide you insight on several issues related to antipsychotic medication use in the elderly, including its truths and myths, current and future goals of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to improve care within the dementia community and healthcare’s level of knowledge regarding the delivery of dementia care. The debate and struggle over the use of antipsychotic medications will also be discussed. An overview of dementia pathophysiology will be provided as a framework for the background to the information. 
 



Objectives


The objectives of this continuing education course are:
  1. Identify the reasons why antipsychotic medications are a hazard when used to control behavioral symptoms in patients with dementia.
  2. Discuss non-pharmacologic approaches in an effort to control symptoms.
  3. Discuss drugs that are approved by the FDA in dementia
  4. List CMS recommendations that will discourage antipsychotic medication use.

Curriculum


Chapter 1- The Problem
Chapter 2- Dementia Spectrum- Overview, Stages & Diagnosis
Chapter 3- Dementia- Pharmacologic and Non-Pharmacologic Treatment
Chapter 4- CMS Goals for Long-Term Care Facilities
Chapter 5- Resources
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