Antipsychotic Use in Nursing Homes: Use With Caution

Event Information
Product Format
Prerecorded Event
Conference Date
Tue, Feb 10, 2009
60 Minutes
Product Description

Are antipsychotics putting your residents with Alzheimer’s or dementia at risk?

If you don’t know all the risks that come along with using drugs off label with your residents who suffer from dementia or Alzheimer’s, you’re putting them at risk for stroke, seizures, or worse. While this practice can be effective, a growing body of research raises serious questions about the safety and efficacy of these drugs among the elderly. Let long term care expert Christie Teigland lay out all the pros and cons so you can best serve your patients while also protecting yourself.

Topics covered:

  • Reduce and eliminate unnecessary use of medication: How to identify good candidates for alternative behavioral intervention. Do your residents have legitimate psychoses or are they just aging typically? Here's how to tell the difference.
  • Getting at the underlying cause of your residents’ behavioral issues – and what happens if you don't identify and treat the root cause.
  • CMS’ Quality Measure for antipsychotic use: What it means for your facility’s off label use of drugs and F329-tag for unnecessary medications.
  • Review successful non-pharmacological approaches to managing and reducing problem behaviors in residents with dementia

Have additional questions? You have the floor with the speaker during an interactive Q&A.

Who should attend? Nurses; nurse practitioners; medical directors and physicians; nursing home interdisciplinary staff including psychologists, social workers, directors of nursing, quality improvement and risk management staff; pharmacists, and other clinicians involved in long term care and care of geriatric patients with dementia/Alzheimer Disease.

Your registration includes:

  • Flexible enrollment. Scheduling conflict? No problem. This session is also available on CD.
  • Expert answers to your tough questions during the interactive Q&A period.
  • Complimentary attendee package, including the speaker's complete presentation handouts. Keep this quick reference tool close by for future use.
  • One low price for all the staff you can stuff into a conference room.

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About Our Speaker

Dr. Christie Teigland - Long Term Care Expert

Dr. Christie Teigland has specialized in long term care quality measurement research for the past 10 years. She has served as Principal Investigator for six large outcome studies, including a 4-year patient safety project funded by DHHS (AHRQ) that developed innovative predictive risk reports for falls and pressure ulcers.

In 2005, DHHS (HRSA) awarded Dr. Teigland a large nurse education grant to develop online education modules to provide...   More Info
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