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Course # 54422 • Influenza: A Comprehensive Review

Overview

Because medications to treat acute illness due to influenza are just recently appearing, there is a tendency to accept the existence of influenza and to forget the fact that 49,000 Americans die annually from the flu and its complications. In addition, the resulting hospitalizations and medical care cost the healthcare system up to $12 billion each year. Sadly, there are underused vaccines that can prevent many of the hospitalizations and deaths, thus lessening the suffering and financial burden of this disease. This course will explore the history of influenza, symptoms, communicability, care of the patient, the makeup of the virus, avian and swine types of flu, vaccine issues, and pandemic planning. Reproducible patient education materials will be included. The vital roles of the dental professional and community involvement will be stressed.

Education Category: Infection Control / Internal Medicine

Release Date: 11/01/2016

Expiration Date: 10/31/2019

Audience

This course is designed to help dental professionals understand influenza and their role in its prevention.

Accreditations/Approvals

NetCE is designated as an Approved PACE Program Provider by the Academy of General Dentistry. The formal continuing education programs of this program provider are accepted by the AGD for Fellowship/Mastership, and membership maintenance credit. Approval does not imply acceptance by a state or provincial board of dentistry or AGD endorsement. The current term of approval extends from 10/1/2015 to 9/30/2021. Provider ID 217994. AGD Subject Code 148. NetCE is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. Concerns or complaints about a CE provider may be directed to the provider or to ADA CERP at www.ada.org/cerp. NetCE is approved as a provider of continuing education by the Florida Board of Dentistry, Provider #50-2405. NetCE is a Registered Provider with the Dental Board of California. Provider Number RP3841. Completion of this course does not constitute authorization for the attendee to perform any services that he or she is not legally authorized to perform based on his or her license or permit type.

Designations of Credit

NetCE designates this activity for 10 continuing education credits. This course meets the Dental Board of California's requirements for 10 unit(s) of continuing education. Dental Board of California course #10-3841-19208.

Course Objective

The purpose of this course is to help dental professionals minimize the burden of influenza on their patients and their communities. Information is included to help dental professionals accept the importance of influenza vaccine in lessening the impact of the disease on their patients, preventing complications and hospitalizations, and saving healthcare dollars.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:

  1. Articulate the history and burden of influenza on the community.
  2. Explain the types of influenza viruses, including the H and N designations.
  3. Describe the symptoms, transmission, and diagnosis of influenza.
  4. Distinguish between influenza and influenza-like illnesses.
  5. Identify complications of influenza.
  6. Articulate the effectiveness and importance of the influenza vaccines.
  7. Implement a system to increase vaccine administration to vulnerable patients.
  8. Describe the best method of hand hygiene and other ways of protecting against influenza.
  9. List the current antiviral medications available and their use.
  10. Teach family members how to care for people with the flu, including interventions for non-English-proficient patients and caregivers.
  11. Identify the significance of avian and swine influenza, particularly issues related to pandemic disease.

Faculty

Elizabeth T. Murane, PHN, BSN, MA, received her Bachelor’s degree in nursing from the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio and a Master of Arts in Nursing Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, New York.

Her nursing experience includes hospital nursing on pediatric, medical, and surgical units. She lived for 15 years in a village in Eastern Papua New Guinea providing medical and linguistic/literacy services for the villagers. She was a public health nurse for a year with the Brooklyn, New York Health Department and 20 years with the Shasta County Public Health Department in Redding, California. As a public health nursing director, she developed response plans for environmental and health issue disasters for both Shasta County and adjacent Tehama County Public Health Departments.

Faculty Disclosure

Contributing faculty, Elizabeth T. Murane, PHN, BSN, MA, has disclosed no relevant financial relationship with any product manufacturer or service provider mentioned.

Division Planners

Ronald Runciman, MD

Jane C. Norman, RN, MSN, CNE, PhD

Alice Yick Flanagan, PhD, MSW

Division Planners Disclosure

The division planners have disclosed no relevant financial relationship with any product manufacturer or service provider mentioned.

About the Sponsor

The purpose of NetCE is to provide challenging curricula to assist healthcare professionals to raise their levels of expertise while fulfilling their continuing education requirements, thereby improving the quality of healthcare.

Our contributing faculty members have taken care to ensure that the information and recommendations are accurate and compatible with the standards generally accepted at the time of publication. The publisher disclaims any liability, loss or damage incurred as a consequence, directly or indirectly, of the use and application of any of the contents. Participants are cautioned about the potential risk of using limited knowledge when integrating new techniques into practice.

Disclosure Statement

It is the policy of NetCE not to accept commercial support. Furthermore, commercial interests are prohibited from distributing or providing access to this activity to learners.

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