The goal of this program is to help nurses, health educators, dietitians, paramedics and EMTs, laboratory technologists and occupational therapists understand how age-related changes in the immune system increase the risk for and severity of common infections in elderly patients. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
- List three reasons elderly patients are more likely to develop an infection than younger patients
- Describe what happens to the immune system as we age
- Explain why it is so important that healthcare workers of various disciplines be vaccinated for influenza to protect their elderly patients
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including nurses, health educators, dietitians, paramedics and EMTs, laboratory technologists and occupational therapists.
Nurses: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at www.continuingeducation.com
. If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at lms.nurse.com
and search for this topic title.