Community-Acquired Pneumonia: Striving for Standards - 249-593-17

Community-Acquired Pneumonia: Striving for Standards

by Margaret M. Ecklund, MS, RN, ACNP-BC, CCRN-K and Crystal Dunlevy, EdD, RRT, RCP
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This course is credentialed for:
Laboratory (1.00 Contact Hr)

Price: $10.00
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The Joint Commission and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services partnered in 2004 to create core measures for disease management for community-acquired pneumonia. The measures create consistent evidence-based practice in institutions caring for CAP patients. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services measures hospitals’ adherence to the core measures and publishes the results for key stakeholders, such as patients and insurers, to compare.
The CAP core measures provide a common set of measures for hospitals to use. The intent was to construct a system that would be easier and less costly for hospitals to follow. Core measures are integral to improving the care of inpatients and focus on the results of that care. The CAP treatment guidelines were developed with the support of the American Thoracic Society, the Infectious Disease Society of America, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


The goal of this continuing education program is for nurses, laboratory professionals, and respiratory therapists to review the core measures for inpatient management of community-acquired pneumonia. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Define CAP
  • Identify the core measures of the inpatient with CAP
  • Discuss the plan of care related to the core measures for CAP
Level of Instruction: Basic

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses, laboratory professionals, and respiratory therapists.
Laboratory professionals: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
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OnCourse Learning is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) Professional Acknowledgment for Continuing Education (P.A.C.E.®) Program (provider #249).
249-593-17 "Community-Acquired Pneumonia: Striving for Standards" is approved 3/06/2017 to 3/31/2019.
OnCourse Learning is also approved by the Florida Board of Clinical Laboratory Personnel (provider # 50-1489).

Course Originally Released on: 2/18/2010
Date of Most Recent Review: 6/27/2016
Course Termination/Update Date: 3/31/2019

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Amy C - Washington, IL  ·  Mar 21, 2018
Very interesting read with lots of good information.
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Marcia P - Novato, CA  ·  Mar 17, 2018
Great course; gives important presentation of core standards and their implementation to improve outcomes for pneumonia patients.
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Sandra F - West Sacramento, CA  ·  Mar 15, 2018
I think every employee in the hospital should take this course.
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Jane C - Hurst, TX  ·  Mar 10, 2018
good overview of CAP
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Claudia G - Cape Coral, FL  ·  Feb 27, 2018
Excellent and very updated information with it is developing easy to read and understand.
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