Unlike hepatitis A and B, most patients newly diagnosed with hepatitis C are asymptomatic. The majority of diagnoses are made during biochemical or blood donor screening, or when symptoms emerge from advanced chronic hepatitis, cirrhosis or end-stage liver disease. Clinicians can play a significant case-finding role with people who have hepatitis C because 90% have an identifiable risk factor. By taking careful histories, clinicians can identify those at risk and guide them to serological testing. On a more personal level, people with hepatitis C who remain unidentified pose a serious occupational threat to healthcare workers. This activity provides an overview of related risk factors, clinical manifestations, diagnosis and treatment options.
The goal of this continuing education program is to provide nurses, physical therapists and EMTs and paramedics with a current overview of hepatitis C, including risk factors, clinical manifestations, diagnosis and treatment options. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
- State how the hepatitis C virus is transmitted and how healthcare workers can be exposed
- Describe recommendations for screening, diagnosis and treatment of hepatitis C
- List the clinical manifestations of hepatitis C infection
Gannett Healthcare Group is an approved sponsor by The New York State Education Department of Continuing Education for Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants from October 21, 2009 to October 20, 2015.
This activity is provided by The Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners Accredited Provider #GED012010TPTA2012004 for 1/1/2010 to 1/31/2013 and #1601004 for 02/01/13 to 01/31/16 and meets continuing competence requirements for physical therapist and physical therapist assistant licensure renewal in Texas. The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE.
As of 4/5/10, ContinuingEducation.com is recognized by The Physical Therapy Board of California as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of California.
ContinuingEducation.com was approved as a provider of continuing education by The North Carolina Physical Therapy Association (provider no. 09-0215-001PR) from March 8, 2009 through March 8, 2010.
This course has been approved as meeting the continuing education requirements for PTs and PTAs by:
The Ohio Physical Therapy Association (approval no. 08S0263, expiration date 3/3/09; approval no. 09S0282, expiration date 1/21/2010; 12S0214 for 01/01/12 to 01/01/13; 14S0342 for 01/02/14 to 01/02/15).
The Florida Physical Therapy Association (approval no. CE880011971, expiration date 12/31/08; approval no. CE90013587, exp. date 12/31/09; CE110018168 for 01/01/11 to 12/31/11; CE120018291 for 01/01/12 to 12/31/12; CE130019604 for 01/01/13 to 12/31/13; CE140021537 for 01/01/14 to 12/31/14).
The Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners (approval no. 43193A, expiration date 3/1/09; approval no. 45089A for 3/2/09-3/2/10).
The Tennessee Physical Therapy Association for Class 1 Continuing Education Requirement (approval no. 4138 for 12/19/11 to 12/18/12; 4812 for 12/19/12 to 12/18/13; 5260 for 12/19/13 to 12/18/14).
The New Jersey Board of Physical Therapy Examiners (approval no.117-2008; expiration date 1/31/10). Approval of this course does not necessarily imply the Florida Physical Therapy Association supports the views of the presenter or the sponsors.
This course has been approved by:
The Maryland State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.1 CEU for 12/19/11 to 12/19/15.
The Nevada State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.1 units of continuing education for 01/30/12 to 07/31/13; 07/31/13 to 07/31/15.
The Illinois Chapter Continuing Education Committee has certified that this course meets the criteria for approval of Continuing Education offerings established by The Illinois Physical Therapy Association (approval no. 359-2264, expiration date 3/1/09; approval no. 437-2722, expiration date 3/1/2010; 437-4068 for 12/11/11 to 12/01/12; 437-4566 for 12/01/12 to 12/01/13). According to the Rules for the Administration of the Illinois Physical Therapy Act (section 13460.61) published by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant applying for re-licensure in Illinois can earn a maximum of 50% of their required continuing education hours from self-study. The hours awarded of this course are designated for self-study CE credit.
Other states may accept this course for meeting their CE requirements. Check with your state association or board.
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