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Nurses Invited to Learn Better Care Strategies with Convenient Webinar Series

First Presentation to Address Adverse Drug Reactions, Common in Elderly Patients

Written By Alexis March '13, PR Intern

UC teams with the Pines Education Institute of Southwest Florida to provide valuable information for nurses


Utica, NY (01/22/2013)
- The Pines Education Institute of Southwest Florida and Utica College have teamed together to present “eMAS: A New Approach to Recognizing Adverse Drug Reactions (ADRs) in Older Adults.” The first in a series of webinars for nurses, the presentation will be held Jan. 30 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, and will focus on avoiding hospitalizations and re-hospitalizations among nursing facility residents through an awareness of adverse drug reactions.

Elderly individuals are at higher risk of experiencing adverse drug interactions for several reasons. According to, age-related changes in the body, exposure to multiple medications due to multiple health problems, social circumstances and confusion all can contribute to medication errors.

Ronald Lucchino, Ph.D. and gerontology expert, will discuss eMAS, a new approach in recognizing adverse drug reactions using observational changes in older adults and identifying which medications may be responsible. He will also review common medications and discuss reasons for a high incident of ADRs in older adults.

The presentation is the first of a series of webinars called “Better Eldercare: Care Strategies for Nurses.” The webinar series aims to educate nurses about reducing inpatient hospitalizations and re-hospitalizations, as well as improving the overall quality of life for nursing facility residents.

The second webinar, “Lewy Body Dementia: It Isn’t Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s Disease - What Everyone Needs to Know,” will be held on Feb. 4 from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

The third webinar, “Nursing Home Residents and Their Relationships: What Can You Do To Help,” facilitated by Sarah Burnett-Wolle, Ph.D., CTRS, aims to educate participants how to understand older adults’ social networks and how they change over time. The presentation will take place in March.

The cost of the first webinar is $99. Individuals registering for all three webinars may register at a discounted fee of $89 per webinar. Companies or facilities registering three or more employees may also register at the discounted fee of $89 per webinar. The fee includes webinar participation, webinar materials, and certificate of completion awarding CEUs.

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