"This one-day seminar provides an in-depth discussion of essential aspects of caring for the geriatric patient. Physiologic changes with aging are correlated with physical assessment findings as well as side effects of common drugs used in the aging population. An emphasis on neurologic function includes peripheral neuropathies, dementia and delirium, movement disorders and the special senses. Type 2 diabetes and thyroid dysfunction are covered in the Endocrine System. Reproductive changes are gender specific and include causes of erectile dysfunction in the male and menopausal changes in the female. Cardiovascular diseases include coronary artery disease and atherosclerosis as well as hypertension and CHF. Respiratory function briefly covers COPD and other age related changes in lung function. The effect of NSAIDS in the GI system is emphasized as are the common causes of constipation in the elderly population. The effect of a decreased glomerular filtration rate and drug excretion is correlated with side effects and drug toxicity. This lecture is presented in Barb's characteristically humorous fashion and is a must for anyone working with and caring for Geriatric patients. It truly is a "GEM" of a lecture." -- Barb Bancroft website.
This is a must have clinical DVD on the most common classes of drugs used in the world of medicine and nursing today. Learn about the "prils", the "sartans", the "triptans", the "cyclovirs", the "prazoles", the "conazoles", the "olols, alols, and ilols", and many more. Barb's way of learning Pharmacology is entertaining and enlightening and you're sure to learn about mechanisms of action, clinical indications, and adverse effects. Barb also throws in a plethora of practical pearls for everyday use. (website)
White counts, liver function tests, TSH, electrolytes, platelets, serum creatinine...how do drugs change the interpretation of lab tests in a patient and how do we monitor specific drugs based on lab test changes? What drugs cause low sodium? Can prescription drugs as well as complementary therapies wreak havoc with potassium levels? What should the sed rate do when antibiotic treatment is initiated? What drugs "kill" the thyroid? A myriad of drugs induce direct liver injury—what are the most common prescription and non-prescription drugs that cause liver damage? What drugs and supplements affect lipid metabolism? What should the TSH do once a patient begins thyroid replacement? Why do ACE inhibitors increase the serum creatinine? Which lab test should be used tomonitor muscle aches and pains in patients on "statin" therapy? What drugs are notorious for reducing platelet counts? What drugs cause megaloblastic anemia? Heck, what IS megaloblastic anemia? Which drugs induce life threatening neutropenia? How does Neulasta work? You'll not only understand the effects of drugs on lab tests—you'll also finally understand LAB TESTS! (website)