October 27, 2020 at 12 pm Central via Zoom
Join us for the closing webinar in our 2020 Changing Landscape of Long-Term Care Virtual Conference!
The number of adults with opioid use disorder is increasing, at an alarming rate, across the United States. Long-term care patients are an especially vulnerable population, as they face an additional risk of pervasive consequences from the use of opioids, including health risks, mental health disorders, and higher rates of addiction. There is a visible push towards managing chronic pain and illness without the use of opioids, yet this leaves patients and caregivers struggling to find alternative solutions and support. Compounding the risk of poor outcomes for long-term care residents, current reports suggest that approximately 10 percent of health care workers in the United States are abusing drugs. Due to the availability and accessibility of opioids, drug diversion is a potential threat to resident safety in every long-term care community. There are important steps that long-term care settings should take to detect drug diversion and reduce opioid use.
This 90-minute course will cover topics related to opioid misuse and drug diversion, including identifying drug misuse in residents and staff, assessing treatment options and processes, and managing transitions between facility, home, and hospital. It will cover the principles of proper opioid management and steps to identify and prevent drug diversion by staff members. The information presented in this course will serve to protect the well-being of residents and staff members in long-term care settings.
This course has been approved for 1.5 Patient Care hours for Missouri licensed nursing home administrators. Missouri Health Care Association is an approved training agency. TA-002-37-21
This course has been approved for 1.5 Hours for Missouri Social Workers
Amy Konsewicz is the manager of outpatient behavioral health for SSM Health DePaul Hospital. In this role, she manages numerous therapeutic programs and medical clinics to treat mental health and substance use disorders. She has been practicing social work, specifically in behavioral health, for over 15 years. Amy graduated with her Bachelor’s of social work from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and went on to obtain her Master’s in Social Work from Saint Louis University. She has worked for community agencies, public school districts, and the criminal justice system. Amy provides adjunct instruction in social work at Southern Illinois University, helping to teach and mentor the next generation of social workers. Her vast experience in different settings and populations makes her a valuable member of her field.
When not busy with her current role, Amy enjoys spending time with her two young children and husband. They travel as frequently as possible and enjoy being immersed in new cultures and experiences. Routine weekend pass time includes camping, fishing, reading, and her boys’ sports games.
Bethany Bramwell is a Clinical Consultant Pharmacist from West Plains, Missouri. Currently, she serves as the Director of Clinical Services for Guardian Pharmacy of Missouri, overseeing the provision of Clinical Pharmacists’ Services for partner Long-Term Care facilities across Central and Southern Missouri and Northern Arkansas. She graduated from Southwestern Oklahoma State University’s School of Pharmacy in 1999 and is Board Certified in Geriatrics. Mrs. Bramwell is a member of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, has received Medication Therapeutic Plan Authority from the Missouri State Board of Pharmacy, and has advanced training in Dementia Care and Antimicrobial Stewardship.
A recording of this course will be available after October 28th. Check back here for a link to download!
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