Full Course Description
Neurological Challenges: New Medications & Promising Interventions to Change Practice
- Manage adult-onset neurological disorders with the latest treatments.
- Determine optimal interventions based on neuro symptom presentation.
- Evaluate when pharmacological and non-pharmacological options are recommended.
- Dissect the very latest research for neurological disease.
- Analyze the latest emerging neurological diseases.
- Breakdown the procedure for intracranial monitoring.
- Employ algorithms of care for neurological emergencies.
- Correlate neuroanatomy to presenting clinical manifestations.
- Provide guidelines for maximizing the neuro assessment.
- Exploit common neuro problems occurring in degenerative diseases.
- Communicate controversial issues relating to patient care.
- Explore the latest information emerging on neurological diseases.
Toolbox for Assessment
- Simplifying neuro assessment through application of neuro anatomy
- Correlate pathophysiology with clinical manifestations
- NIHSS and GCS, brain death, Mini
- Mental, verbal fluency, memory, right and left hemisphere function, CAM assessment
- CT, CTA, arteriogram, MRI, perfusion
10 Leading Neurological Disorders
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Updated recommendations for care
- Practical approaches for measuring IICP
- Research on neuroprotective agents
- Maximizing time to needle time for ischemic stroke
- The 5 D’s for identifying posterior stroke
- Wading through the clinical practice guidelines for blood pressure management in stroke patients
- Stroke and the young adult
- Expanding the window of care
- “Still Alice”: Mild, moderate and severe
- Treatment for cognitive and neuropsychiatric symptoms
- From “mice to men”: Hope is on the horizon
- Caregiver support
- Seizure types and treatment
- Unprovoked seizure: Work-up and treatment decisions
- Status epilepticus
- Traditional and alternative medicine treatment
- Deep brain stimulation
- Integrated care: Conventional treatments and supportive therapies
- Neurological manifestations
- Diagnostic work-up
- Unpredictable disease of CNS
- Diagnostic criteria
- Current treatment practices
- Clinical manifestations; Diagnostic work up
- Assistive technology challenge
- Clinical trials
Emergent Neurological Disease: Zika and Guillain Barré
Commonalities and Unique Problems:
- Visual problems
- Cognitive impairment
- Pseudobulbar affect (PBA)
- Dizziness and vertigo
- Bowel and bladder dysfunction
- Sleep disturbances
- Social isolation
- Caregiver fatigue
- Osmotic diuretics
- Sedatives and pain medications
- Antispasmodic medications
- Antiseizure medications
- Medications to prevent and treat stroke
- Chemotherapy for brain tumors
- Disease modifying agents for MS
- Medications to treat:
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Alzheimer’s Disease
Mastering the Neurological Assessment
- Analyze the primary causes of acute mental status changes.
- Apply 3 tests that assess proprioception and cerebellar function.
- Detect patients at risk for delirium and learn how to respond to it.
- Anatomical Factors
- How they drive changes expected on assessment
- Six Areas of a Thorough Neurological Exam
- Mental Status Exam
- Cranial Nerves
- Proprioception and Cerebellar Function
- Motor Strength
- Sensory Function
- Deep tendon reflexes and Babinski
- Glascow Coma Scale
- 3 Mnemonics for Common Causes of Acute Mental Status Changes
- Understanding delirium and how it impacts patient outcomes
- Meningeal Signs - different tools for different ages!
- Kernig’s Sign
- Brudzinski’s Sign
- Nuchal Rigidity