Influenza: Recognition, Treatment and Red Flags

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07
Mar

Contact hours: 2.5

Every year approximately 5-20% of the population will fall ill with seasonal influenza. 200,000 of those will become ill enough to require hospitalization. In recent years H1N1 was responsible for an unprecedented number of deaths among young, healthy adults.

It is imperative that nurses are able to recognize red flags and symptoms of serious illness related to seasonal influenza. Additionally, it is important that nurses understand the importance of early treatment per CDC guidelines and the limitations of rapid influenza testing. In this course we will discuss these topics and more!

Course Outline:

  1. Introduction
  2. Current Practice, Barriers and Need for Continued Education
  3. What is Influenza?
  4. Prevention: Flu Vaccines
  5. Standard Precautions
  6. Recognition and Treatment of Flu: Symptoms
  7. Testing for Influenza
  8. Treating Influenza
  9. “Red Flags” – Potential Complications and What Not to Miss
  10. Case Study 1
  11. Case Study 2
  12. Summary
  13. References (Bibliography)

More Course Information

In this course we will discuss the diagnosis, treatment, and “red flag” signs for seasonal influenza infections.

Author: Sarah Schulze, MSN, APRN

Course Objectives:

At the conclusion of the course the learner shall be able to:

  1. Identify signs and symptoms associated with seasonal influenza and understand the limitations of rapid influenza testing.
  2. Describe current treatment recommendations by the CDC
  3. Explain the “red flag” symptoms and be able to identify serious influenza infections and/or complications.

This course will take the average learner 150 minutes to complete and awards 2.5 contact hours of continuing education.

Target Audience: 

Registered Nurses (RN) 

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN) 

Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN/LVN) 

Requirement for completion:

Successful completion of all modules (course content, test, and evaluation).

Course Offering # 6

Continuing Education Provider Approval # 7-0090

Expiration: December 21, 2021

Nursing CE Central is an approved provider of continuing education per the KBN.

Course Content

Total learning: 1 lesson Time: 15 days
  • Influenza: Recognition, Treatment and Red Flags  0/1

Instructor

Sarah Schulze, MSN, APRN

Sarah is a Board-Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. She has diverse nursing experiences including intensive care nursing and nursing instruction. She received her MSN from the University of Illinois at Chicago and currently practices as an APRN in a pediatric clinic.

Free

In this course we will discuss the diagnosis, treatment, and “red flag” signs for seasonal influenza infections.