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Digital Seminar

The Immune System in Detail

Angelica Dizon
6 Hours 32 Minutes
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Jan 14, 2014
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Digital Seminar


  • The Immune System Revealed
    • Explore the inner workings of the immune system, like you’ve never heard it before!
  • Inflammation: The Center of Attention
    • How the inflammatory response works and what you can do to assess and treat complications
  • Inflammation Out of Control
    • Sepsis, allergies, organ rejection, and anaphylactic reactions: the symptoms and how to treat the complications
  • Common Immune Disorders
    • Treat and Prevent Autoimmune disease, HIV, and antibiotic resistant bacteria

If you could master only one concept during your career, it should be the inflammatory response.

  • Do you care for patients with:
  • Cardiac disorders?
  • Respiratory disorders?
  • Gastrointestinal disorders?
  • Neurological disorders?
  • Infection, cancer, or immunosuppression?

Inflammation is responsible for many of the disease processes that we treat; it is the primary response for healing and protecting the body from injury. In order to provide extraordinary care for your patients, you must understand the inflammatory response.

Although the inflammatory response is incredibly complex, the results of inflammation can be broken down into three major events: 1) vasodilation, 2) capillary permeability, and 3) clotting. The results of these events are what cause the problems we associate with many different conditions such as septic shock, ARDS, atherosclerosis, and many others. But, the lack of a response can be just as devastating – exposing the body to a myriad of deadly infections.

Learn how to manage patients with inflammation, and those whose inflammatory response is inhibited, by mastering the anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology of inflammatory and immune responses.

If you’ve had trouble with these concepts in the past, then this is the program for you! You will get the detail you need – explained at a level that you will fully understand.




NOTE: Tuition includes one free CE Certificate (participant will be able to print the certificate of completion after completing and passing the on-line post-test evaluation). 

Continuing Education Information:  Listed below are the continuing education credit(s) currently available for this non-interactive self-study package. Please note, your state licensing board dictates whether self-study is an acceptable form of continuing education. Please refer to your state rules and regulations. If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval. For other credit inquiries not specified below, please contact or 800-844-8260 before the event.

Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of your profession.  As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your profession's standards.  

The planning committee and staff who controlled the content of this activity have no relevant financial relationships to disclose. For speaker disclosures, please see speaker bios.

California Nurses

PESI, Inc. is a provider approved by the California Board of  Registered Nursing, Provider #: 17118 for 6.0 self-study contact hours. 

** You will need to provide your license number to PESI. PESI must have this number on file in order for your hours to be valid.

Florida Nurses

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider by the Florida Board of  Nursing. Provider #: FBN2858. These materials qualify for 6.0 self-study contact hours.

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Iowa Nurses

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider by the Iowa Board of Nursing. Provider #: 346. Nurses successfully completing these self-study materials will earn 7.6 self-study contact hours. Please email with your license number, include the title, speaker name and date. PESI must have this number on file in order for your hours to be valid.

Other Professions

This self-study activity qualifies for 6.25 continuing education clock hours as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your activity advertisement and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.



Angelica Dizon's Profile

Angelica Dizon Related seminars and products: 4


Angelica F. Dizon, MD, BSN, MBA-HCM, RN, is a registered nurse and a doctor of medicine with two decades of experience in clinical practice and academic teaching, predominantly in the hospital setting.

Angelica has been well recognized for her past work in medical surgical roles, and has also gained experiences working in home health care and skilled nursing. Most recently, she’s serving as the director of clinical services in one of the leading home healthcare agencies in Maryland.

Her diverse experiences have provided her with a unique patient perspective to facilitate the highest level of patient care – anticipated findings, as well as identification and monitoring of various disease states. Her passion and talent for educating and mentoring other healthcare professionals will make this an event you don’t want to miss!

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Angelica F. Dizon is a faculty member for Radians College. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Angelica F. Dizon has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.

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Immunity: Overview and Definitions

  • Self versus nonself
  • Role of antigens (Immunogens)

The Immune System

  • Lymphoid (Immune) system
  • Structure and function
  • Biological role of C system

Major Histocompatibility Complex

  • Classes of MHC antigens
  • Role of MHC antigens in transplants and autoimmunity
  • Autoimmunity

The Immune Response: Putting it all together

  • Afferent limb
  • Efferent limbs
  • Goal of afferent and efferent is to react with the immunogen and render it inactive
  • Primary response
  • Secondary responses
  • Types of immunity
  • Hypersensitivity reactions
  • Immunodeficiency disorders

Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)

Organ-Specific Autoimmune Disease

  • Idiopathic thrombocytopenia purpura (ITP)
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Guillain-Barré Syndrome
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Rheumatic fever
  • Addison’s disease
  • Type I Diabetes Mellitus
  • Good pasture syndrome

Systemic Autoimmune Disease

  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Progressive Systemic
  • Sclerosis (scleroderma)

Serum Sickness

  • Exposure to penicillin and sulfonamides

ABO Blood Group Antigens

  • Blood typing
  • Rh factor

Diagnostic Tests

  • Urine studies
  • Radioisotope studies
  • CT and MRI
  • Biopsies
  • Laboratory studies

Inflammatory Reaction

  • Gross features of acute inflammation
  • Fluid aspects of inflammation
  • Cellular aspects of inflammation
  • Mediation of inflammation
  • Types of leukocytes

Patterns of Inflammation

  • Acute
  • Chronic
  • Noncellular exudates
  • Cellular exudates

Factors Affecting Inflammation and Healing

  • Impaired circulation
  • Decreased leukocytes in the circulating blood
  • Drug inhibitory effects
  • Malnourishment
  • Poor approximation of wound edges

Shock and Multi-organ Dysfunction

  • Definitions (Exhibit A)
  • Stages of shock
  • Treatment measures for shock

Antibiotic-Resistant Organisms

  • Organisms develop resistance to classic agents and newer agents
  • Genetic and biochemical mutations to evade pharmacology
  • Inappropriate use of antibiotic is a major factor contributing to resistance




  • Identify mechanisms of the first line of immune defense.
  • List several types of leukocytes and their functions.
  • Explain the function of immunological memory.
  • Describe the three main components of the inflammatory response.
  • Summarize inflammatory response to major illness.
  • Discuss patient care needs associated with selected immune disorders.


Target Audience

Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Physician Assistants



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