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Seminar Detail

Understanding Pathophysiology: Its Direct Impact on Patient Care
Friday, October 18, 2019 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Course Description
Few things in health care have as direct an impact on patient care as pathophysiology - the "whys" of what happens during disease and what we must do to treat it. If you know your pathophysiology, you can provide an accurate, speedy assessment and treatment for your patient.

Just about every potentially serious condition has a "trigger point." Once this point is reached, a fairly uniform and predictable set of events occurs - mediators are released, causing worse events to take place. The result, left untreated, is multiple organ system dysfunction, multiple organ system failure, cardiac failure, then death. The seminar will apply this straightforward model to many important medical conditions. Understanding the "whys" behind these events enables us, as health care practitioners, to best assess the patient and intervene in a timely and effective manner. By the end of the day, you'll have a thorough understanding of these principles and will know how and when to properly apply them.
If there is no CE tab, please refer to the course brochure for continuing education information.
Learner Objectives:

  1. Using clinical examples, explain the statement: "Virtually all human disease is 'autoimmune' in nature."
  2. Outline an effective method to review options in pharmacologic therapy for any condition.
  3. Identify the self-destructive spiral of progressive chronic heart failure.
  4. Explain how the following drugs may abort or reverse the self-destructive spiral of heart failure: beta-blockers, angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) blockers, angiotensin-receptor blockers (ARBS), aldosterone blockers, synthetic natriuretic proteins.
  5. Describe why the statin drugs significantly reduce a person's risk of cardiovascular disease (MI and stroke), regardless of the serum cholesterol level.
  6. Describe the mechanism underlying death in asthma and identify a way to prevent it.
  7. Apply the "Three Question Approach" to interpretation of arterial blood gases.
  8. State and understand the "common mechanism" for shock, regardless of the initial cause.
Program Outline

  • Endocrine and Metabolic Problems
    • Pituitary disorders
    • Hypoglycemia
    • Free radicals - Essential in health, deadly in disease
    • Diabetic ketoacidosis
    • Apoptosis
    • Adrenal gland dysfunction
    • Addison's disease
    • Jaundice
    • Implications of hormones
    • Thyroid disorders - Mechanism of onset affects treatment
  • Cardiovascular and Renal Problems
    • Starling's Law - Normal capillary flow
    • Heart failure
    • Relationship between cardiac diseases and hypertension
    • Unraveling hypertension
    • Current concept on cardiogenic shock
    • Atherosclerosis - The role of inflammation
    • Anaphylaxis
    • Acid-base disorders
  • Respiratory Problems
    • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease exacerbations
    • Obstructive lung diseases affecting the mechanics of lung ventilation
    • Sudden death in asthma
    • Acute lung failure/ARDS
    • Arterial blood gases - Made simple
  • Shock
    • Common mechanisms of all types of shock
    • The cardinal role of mediators in shock
    • Newer therapies based on current pathophysiological understanding
    • End points of resuscitation
    • What type of shock is this?
  • The Immune System
    • Inflammation - Acute phase response
    • Systemic inflammatory response
    • Infection - Part of a bigger picture
    • Multiple organ dysfunction syndrome
    • Stress reaction
    • Autoimmune diseases
Target Audience

  • Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Clinical Nurse Specialists
  • Paramedics
  • Physical Therapists
  • Occupational Therapists


Angela Dizon, MD, MSN, MBA-HCM, BSN, RN, NP-C, is a physician, advanced care practitioner and a registered nurse, with more than two decades of experience in clinical practice. Angelica currently serves as the director of clinical services in one of the leading home healthcare agencies in Maryland. She has extensive past experiences both in the acute care and long-term care settings as well. Her diverse experiences provide her with unique perspectives on the importance of an in-depth understanding of pharmacology. As a clinician, she sees complicated patient cases that often go beyond a simple infectious disease presentation. The care she delivers can be complicated by current and past medical histories, which requires keen insights to determine the medications and treatments that are going to support the patients healing. Angelica enjoys sharing her expertise and excels at putting complex topics in to a plain English approach. As such, she is a sought-after presenter, sharing her vast knowledge with experienced interdisciplinary audiences across the country.


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

Nonfinancial: Angelica F. Dizon has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
Credits listed below are for full attendance at the live event only. After attendance has been verified, pre-registered attendees will receive an email from PESI Customer Service with the subject line, “Evaluation and Certificate” within one week. This email will contain a link to complete the seminar evaluation and allow attendees to print, email or download a certificate of completion if in full attendance. For those in partial attendance (arrived late or left early), a letter of attendance is available through that link and an adjusted certificate of completion reflecting partial credit will be issued within 30 days (if your board allows). Please see “live seminar schedule” for full attendance start and end times. NOTE: Boards do not allow credit for breaks or lunch.

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, or questions on home study credit availability, 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 mental health professionals. 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 professions standards.

PESI, Inc. offers continuing education programs and products under the brand names PESI, PESI Healthcare, PESI Rehab and Psychotherapy Networker.

Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Clinical Nurse Specialists
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PESI, Inc. is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Nurses in full attendance will earn 6.3 contact hours. Partial contact hours will be awarded for partial attendance.

Pharmacology Nurse Practitioners
This program offers 180 instructional minutes of pharmacology content which is designed to qualify for 3.0 contact hours toward your pharmacology requirement to receive credit. It is your responsibility to submit your certificate of successful completion and a copy of the seminar brochure to your licensing board.

Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants
PESI, Inc. is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. Provider #: 3322. Full attendance at this course qualifies for 6.0 contact hours or .6 CEUs in the Category of Domain of OT and Occupational Therapy Process. Partial credit will be issued for partial attendance. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. Course Level: Intermediate.

Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants
This activity consists of 6.25 clock hours of instruction that is applicable for physical therapists. CE requirements for physical therapists vary per state/jurisdiction. Please retain the certificate of completion that you receive and use as proof of completion when required.

New Jersey Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants: This course has been approved by the New Jersey Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 6.25 credits. Board Course Number: 1808-23.

New York Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants: PESI, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department, State Board for Physical Therapy as an approved provider for physical therapy and physical therapy assistant continuing education. This course qualifies for 7.6 Contact Hours.

Other Professions
This activity qualifies for 380 minutes of instructional content as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your course outline and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.

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