Medication Management Series

Come join us for an enriching series of Medication Management Course with AIC Learning Institute! 

Date/Time  Course Name  Description 

Run 1: 28 May 2017 (9am -1pm)

Medication Management Course: Requisites of Prescribing Terminology, Current Good Practices, Drug Information Resources & Medication Safety

 Requisites of Prescribing Terminology & Current Good Practices
By the end of the session, participants should be able to:
 

  • Underscore the relevance of prescribing terminology in nursing practice 
  • Highlight the impact of prescribing terminology usage in patient safety  
  • Impart skills in interpreting medical abbreviations and acronyms encountered in practice 
  • Know the current good practices in prescribing terminology usage  

Drug Information Resources
By the end of the session, participants should be able to:
 

  • Know a list of reference resources to look for drug information  
  • Know which reference to use when looking for specific drug information 
  • Know how to use the accessible drug information resources available  
  • List the different sources of patient’s medication information 

Medication Safety
By the end of the session, participants should be able to:
 

  • Understand that medication safety is the responsibility of all members of the healthcare team 
  • Understand the medication-use process and its role in ensuring medication safety  
  • Identify the possible causes of medication errors  
  • Identify practices that are prone to medication errors 
  • Identify ways to reduce medication errors 
  • Identify, categorise and report medication errors 
  • Utilise checklists to ensure medication safety 
 

Run 1: 9 May 2017(2pm - 6pm)

 

Medication Management Course: Controlled Drugs, Waste Management& Appropriate Drug Storage

 Controlled Drugs 

By the end of the session, participants should be able to: 

  • Identify what are controlled drugs 
  • Understand how to handle controlled drugs (receive, record, storage, disposal) in compliance with the regulations of the Misuse of Drugs Regulations and Misuse of Drugs Act 

Waste Management
By the end of the session, participants should be able to:
 

Know what pharmaceutical waste is 

  • Identify the different types of waste 
  • Know how to handle and dispose the different types of waste 

Appropriate Drug Storage
By the end of the session, participants should be able to:
 

Understand that medicines must be secured in accordance with laws and regulations to prevent access by unauthorized persons 

  • Follow a proper drug storage system to reduce the risk of medication errors 
  • Understand that drugs should be stored in accordance with manufacturer's recommendations and that improper storage condition can lead to degradation in drug quality 
  • Implement a system to conduct regular checks on the expiry dates and conditions of the medicines 
 

Run 1: 31 May 2017(9am -1pm)

Run 2: 13 Jun 2017 (9am -1pm)

 

Medication Management Course: Safe Medication Administration & Medication Reconciliation

Safe Medication Administration (including Self Administration/ Medication Adherence)
By the end of the session, participants should be able to:
 

  • Understand the concept of administering the right drug to the right patient in the right manner 
  • Know the different stages of medication administration and the potential errors which may occur 
  • Demonstrate safe medication administration at all times in their own working environment 
  • Know how to handle wrong drug administration and the reporting process 

Medication Reconciliation
By the end of the session, participants should be able to:
 

  • Know what medication reconciliation is 
  • Understand the importance of medication reconciliation 
  • Learn how to do medication reconciliation 
 

Run 1: 2 Jun 2017 (9am - 1pm)

Run 2: 23 Jun 2017 (2pm - 6pm)

Medication Management Course: Physiological Changes with Ageing and Polypharmacy: Optimising Medication Use in Elderly Patients

Physiological changes with ageing 

By the end of the session, participants should be able to: 

  • Describe the physiologic changes of aging (renal and hepatic function, body composition, CNS function)  
  • Know how physiologic changes of aging impact medication therapy in terms of pharmacokinetics  (absorption, distribution, metabolism, and elimination) and pharmacodynamics (medication effects) 

Polypharmacy: Optimising Medication Use in Elderly Patients 

By the end of the session, participants should be able to: 

  • Understand why elderly are at risk of polypharmacy & ADR  
  • Recognise common geriatric presentations that can be caused by drugs 
  • Understand what strategies can be used to reduce polypharmacy: 
  • Identify medications that should be avoided or used with caution in the elderly using screening tools (i.e. Beer’s critiera, START/STOPP critieria ) 
  • Understand the concept of deprescribing 
 

Run 1: 1 Jun 2017 (2pm - 6pm)

Run 2: 9 Jun 2017 (2pm - 6pm)

Medication Management Course: Cardiovascular System (Hypertension, Hyperlipidemia & Ischaemic Heart Disease)
 

 Hypertension (HTN) 

By the end of the session, participants should be able to: 

  • List 2 differences between primary and secondary hypertension 
  • Describe at least 5 symptoms of uncontrolled hypertension 
  • Define, in terms of the blood pressure readings, what is considered as: 

(a) Normal blood pressure, 

(b) High blood pressure, and  

(c) Pre-hypertension        

  • List 4 possible complications of poorly controlled hypertension 
  • List 8 risk factors for developing hypertension 
  • Define the blood pressure treatment goals based on JNC 8 hypertension guidelines 
  • List at least 6 classes of medications used to treat hypertension and their common side effects 
  • List 4 lifestyle changes to treat hypertension    

Hyperlipidemia 

By the end of the session, participants should be able to: 

  • Define atherosclerosis and identify 3 possible consequences (or complications) of atherosclerosis 
  • List 6 risk factors for hyperlipidemia 
  • List 3 plasma lipids which are commonly measured in the management of hyperlipidemia 
  • List 6 classes of medications used to treat high cholesterol and triglycerides levels and their common side effects 
  • List 4 lifestyle changes to improve cholesterol levels 

Ischaemic Heart Disease (IHD)
By the end of the session, participants should be able to:
 

  • Describe how atherosclerosis leads to ischaemic heart disease 
  • List 9 risk factors for ischaemic heart disease 
  • Describe 2 classic symptoms of ischaemic heart disease or a heart attack 
  • List at least 6 classes of medications that are commonly used to treat ischaemic heart disease and their common side effects 
  • List 7 lifestyle changes to manage ischaemic heart disease  
 

Run 1: 12 May 2017(2pm - 6pm)

Run 2: 12 Jun2017 (9am - 1pm)

Medication Management Course:
Respiratory System (Asthma & COPD)

By the end of the session, participants should be able to: 

      • Define and differentiate between asthma and COPD 
      • Understand the pathophysiology of asthma and COPD 
      • Identify the risk factors, signs and symptoms, and goals of therapy for asthma and COPD 
      • Understand the non-pharmacological and pharmacological management of asthma and COPD 
      • Identify the signs and symptoms for severe acute asthma attack and COPD exacerbation 
      • Understand the pharmacological management of severe acute asthma attack and COPD exacerbation 
      • List common drugs that interacts with theophylline 
      • Demonstrate the correct techniques when using different types of inhaler devices 
 

Run 1: 26 May 2017 (2pm - 6pm)

Run 2: 14 Jun 2017 (2pm - 6pm)

Medication Management Course: Endocrine System (DM & Thyroid Disease)

By the end of the session, participants should be able to: 

  • Understand the general concept about diabetes mellitus and thyroid conditions  
  • Understand the treatment approaches and side effects of the medications used for diabetes mellitus and thyroid conditions  
  • Understand the importance of non-pharmacological approach to control diabetes mellitus 
  • Identify alarming symptoms and appropriate actions for hyperglycemia, hypoglycemia and thyrotoxicosis  
 

Run 1: 15 May 2017(2pm - 6pm)

Run 2: 14 Jun 2017(9am - 1pm)

Medication Management Course:
Central Nervous System (Epilepsy & Parkinson Disease)

Epilepsy
By the end of the session, participants should be able to:
 

  • Describe the main differences between seizure and epilepsy 
  • Describe the possible presenting symptoms of a seizure 
  • Describe the possible causes of epilepsy 
  • Describe the possible triggers of seizures 
  • Describe the possible complications of seizures 
  • Identify different anti-epileptic medications and their common side effects 

Parkinson Disease
By the end of the session, participants should be able to:
 

  • Understand what Parkinson disease is and the cause of it 
  • Identify the signs and symptoms of Parkinson disease 
  • Know the different treatment approaches and medications used to treat Parkinson disease 
 

Run 1: 26 May 2017(9am - 1pm)

Medication Management Course:
Central Nervous System (Pain Management, Stroke, Deep Vein Thrombosis & Anticoagulant Therapy)
 

Pain Management
By the end of the session, participants should be able to:
 

  • Understand basic pathophysiology of pain 
  • Describe WHO analgesic ladder 
  • Understand the pharmacology of common analgesics used, including doses and side effects 
  • Understand palliative pain management 

Stroke
By the end of the session, participants should be able to:
 

  • Know the cardiovascular changes that occur with aging 
  • Understand its impact on cardiovascular disease with a focus on stroke  
  • Understand the different types of strokes (i.e. hemorrhagic, thrombotic, and embolic strokes) 
  • Identify stroke risk factors 
  • Recognise signs and symptoms of stroke 
  • Know the medications used to treat stroke and how to correctly administer t-PA 
  • Be familiar with the monitoring parameters, laboratory values, and adverse effects associated with drugs discussed  
  • Know the medical therapies used in primary and secondary prevention of stroke  

Deep Vein Thrombosis
By the end of the session, participants should be able to:
 

  • Define thrombosis  
  • Know the general principles of thrombosis  
  • Understand the pathophysiologic thrombus formation with a focus on DVT  
  • Identify the risk factors for the development of DVT 
  • Recognise the signs and symptoms of DVT  

Anticoagulant Therapy
By the end of the session, participants should be able to:
 

  • List the indications for anticoagulant therapy  
  • Know the use of UFH, LMWH, and warfarin in the management of DVT  
  • Identify the contraindications, adverse effects and interactions of anticoagulant therapy 
  • Describe normal values for anticoagulant therapy  
  • Discuss key nursing considerations of patient care 
 

Run 1: 1 Jun 2017 (9am - 1pm)

Run 2: 7 Jun 2017(9am - 1pm)

Medication Management Course: Central Nervous System (Anxiety & Depression, Dementia & BPSD)

Anxiety and Depression
By the end of the session, participants should be able to:
 

  • Understand the pathophysiology of anxiety and depression  
  • Understand the epidemiology of anxiety and depression in elderly 
  • Identify symptoms of anxiety and depression 
  • Understand the treatment, non-pharmacological and pharmacological, for anxiety and depression 
  • Discuss the advantage and disadvantage of different drug treatment 
  • Identify possible adverse effects and important monitoring parameters for different treatments  

Dementia & BPSD
By the end of the session, participants should be able to:
 

  • Understand the general concept about dementia and delirium 
  • Identify treatment approaches to dementia and the side effects of these treatments  
  • Understand the appropriate management for patients suffering from behavioral symptoms related to dementia 
  • Educate nurses about medication administration in dementia and the importance of patient’s adherence to the therapy 
 

Run 1: 30 May 2017(2pm - 6pm)

Medication Management Course: Skin (Dry Skin, Eczema, Fungal Infection, Pressure Sores, Scabies & Lice Treatment) & Eyes (Dry Eyes & Glaucoma)

Dry Skin, Eczema, Fungal Infection, Pressure Sores, Scabies, Lice Treatment
By the end of the session, participants should be able to:
 

  • Identify the types of skin conditions common in nursing home setting  
  • Identify the etiology, signs and symptoms, risk factors and complications of these skin conditions  
  • Know the pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic management of these skin conditions 
  • Identify ways to prevent the development of these skin conditions  

Dry Eyes 

By the end of the session, participants should be able to: 

  • Identify the etiology, causes, symptoms and complications of dry eyes 
  • Identify the treatment approaches to dry eyes and the different kinds of eye preparations used  
  • Know the lifestyle modifications in alleviating dry eyes 

Glaucoma
By the end of the session, participants should be able to:
 

  • Identify the etiology, causes, symptoms and complications of glaucoma 
  • Identify the differences between wide angle glaucoma and narrow angle glaucoma  
  • Identify the treatment approaches to glaucoma, the different medications used, their mechanisms of action and side effects  
  • Know which common medications to avoid in glaucoma  
 

Run 1: 31 May 2017(2pm - 6pm)

Run 2: 7 Jun 2017(2pm - 6pm)

Medication Management Course: Gastrointestinal System (Constipation, Diarrhoea, PUD, GERD) and Urinary Incontinence & Urinary Retention

Gastrointestinal System 

 (Constipation, Diarrhoea, PUD, GERD) 

 By the end of the session, participants should be able to: 

  • Identify the types of GI conditions common in the nursing home setting 
  • Recognise ways to prevent the development of these conditions  
  • Identify the etiology, signs and symptoms, and risk factors of these conditions 
  • Understand the pharmacological and non-pharmacological management of GI conditions 

Urinary Incontinence and Urinary Retention 

 By the end of the session, participants should be able to: 

  • Understand the pathophysiology of urinary incontinence 
  • Define and differentiate the different types of urinary incontinence (i.e. Stress incontinence, urge incontinence, overflow incontinence, total incontinence) 
  • Identify the risk factors  and potential causes of urinary incontinence (i.e. Medications) 
  • Understand how urinary incontinence is assessed and diagnosed 
  • Differentiate between urinary incontinence and retention 
  • Describe the signs and symptoms of urinary retention 
  • Understand the non-pharmacological and pharmacological management of urinary incontinence and retention 
 

Run 1: 2 Jun 2017(2pm - 6pm)

Medication Management Course: Others (Medication Related to Fall Risk & Common Infections-UTI, Pneumonia, Cellulitis, URTI)

Medication and common conditions Related to Fall Risk
By the end of the session, participants should be able to:
 

  • Identify groups at high risk for falls in nursing homes  
  • Discuss falls management and medications  
  • Enumerate medications that may increase fall risk 
  • Discuss other common condition that may increase fall risk 
  • Discuss ways to prevent falls due to medications  
  • Focus on avoidance and prevention of falls due to medications  

Common Infections
(UTI, Pneumonia, Cellulitis, URTI ( including minor ailment treatment for fever, cough and cold))
By the end of the session, participants should be able to:
 

  • Gain an overview of common infections and minor ailments 
  • Gain knowledge on basic pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment used 
  • Gain an overview of common drugs/drug classes used in treatment  
  • Recognise the most common side effects and precautions of the commonly used drugs 
 

 

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