Polypharmacy: The Problem of Multiple Meds

CAD $39.00

120 minutes including a Q&A

• A certificate of completion
• The live webinar event if registering prior to commencement
• The on-demand recording to watch at your convenience
• A handout in PDF format for viewing or self-printing

See below for the outline, speaker biography, and more.

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At the conclusion of the presentation learners will be able to:
1. Discuss the many variations of the definition of polypharmacy.
2.  Describe the use of the American Geriatric Society’s Beers Criteria as it applies to polypharmacy.
3. List the 10 general principles of polypharmacy.
4. Provide multiple examples drugs that shouldn’t be used in combination.
5. Provide alternative choices for each of the above examples.

“You wont believe how many meds this patient is on”. Unfortunately yes, we would. Polypharmacy is still a problem, despite more attention being brought to bear on the issue.  Polypharmacy has negative consequences for patients and the health care system, like adverse drug events, increased hospital re-admissions and even increased mortality..The patents most at risk for polypharmacy are often the sickest with multi-comorbidities. Solutions?  Join Barb Bancroft, RN, MSN, PNP for this excellent session exploring the problem  of polypharmacy, and a great discussion on evaluating the patient’s meds, assessing for contra-indications and interactions; deprescribing, resubscribing and possible substitutions.

Who Should Attend?:
• Nurses in Primary Care, Acute Care, Critical Care, Geriatric Care and Home Care Settings
• Nurses & Allied Health Professionals in Geriatric, Home Care  and Chronic Disease settings
• Nurse Practitioners, Occupational Health Nurse, Tele-Health and Outpost Nurses
• Nurse Clinicians & Clinical Nurse Specialists
• Managers & Educators

Barb Bancroft, RN, MSN, PNP

Barb Bancroft is a widely acclaimed nursing teacher who has taught courses on Advanced Pathophysiology, Pharmacology, and Physical Assessment to both graduate and undergraduate students. Also certified as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, she has held faculty positions at the University of Virginia, the University of Arkansas, Loyola University of Chicago, and St. Xavier University of Chicago. Barb is known for her extensive knowledge of pathophysiology and as one of the most dynamic nursing speakers in North America today. Delivering her material with equal parts of evidence based practise, practical application, and humour, she has taught numerous seminars on clinical and health maintenance topics to healthcare professionals, including the Association for Practitioners for Infection Control, The Emergency Nurses’ Association, the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, and more.