Cystic Fibrosis - CMEZ534

Cystic Fibrosis

No Cure Yet, But Treatment Advances Continue

by Carrie Furberg, BSN, RN, CRN
(4.5 / 31 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Medicine (1.00 Credits)
Physician (1.00 Credits)

Price: $15.00
CE-PRO Price: $7.50


Cystic fibrosis is an autosomal recessive disease that affects approximately 30,000 children and adults in the U.S. It is a chronic, multisystem disorder that significantly reduces life expectancy. Primary manifestations include progressive obstructive lung disease and pancreatic insufficiency, but patients also may experience chronic sinusitis, nasal polyps, malnutrition, distal intestinal obstructive syndrome, diabetes, liver cirrhosis, pancreatitis, gallstones, and infertility. To have cystic fibrosis, a child must inherit two abnormal cystic fibrosis genes, one from each parent. Each time two carriers have a child, there is a 25% chance the baby will have cystic fibrosis. This module provides updated information on the treatment and management of people with cystic fibrosis.


The goal of this educational program is to provide nurses, physicians, and physical therapists in acute care settings with a deeper understanding of cystic fibrosis and the treatments available, as well as to inform them about the latest research. After taking this course, you should be able to:
  • Describe the basic defect that causes cystic fibrosis and how the disease affects different organ systems.
  • Identify three therapies for the management of pulmonary and gastrointestinal disease in patients with cystic fibrosis.
  • Explain teaching and support responsibilities of clinical personnel for patients with CF and their families.
  • Discuss the status of research into new treatments and potential cures for cystic fibrosis.

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses, physicians and physical therapists.
Physicians: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
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Jointly Accredited Provider logoIn support of improving patient care, OnCourse Learning (a Relias LLC company) is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
OnCourse Learning is also approved by the Florida Board of Medicine and the Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine (provider # FBN 50-1489).
Physician Continuing Education Credit
OnCourse Learning designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Physician Assistant Continuing Education Credit
American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 1.0 hour of Category I credit for completing this program.
There is no commercial support provided for this online educational activity.

Course Originally Released on: 8/13/2012
Date of Most Recent Review: 5/7/2020
Course Termination/Update Date: 5/31/2023

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.


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Demetrios T - Onalaska, WI  ·  Oct 12, 2019
very practical, well written, appropriate content
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Heather H - Stumpy Point, NC  ·  Nov 25, 2018
Very comprehensive without being overly long.
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Carlene W - Saint Cloud, FL  ·  Sep 20, 2018
I enjoyed the course. It was very informative, however they could show pictures of normal lung tissue and tissue with CF, from a pathology stand point
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Robert K - Chicago, IL  ·  Sep 10, 2018
well done, non biased informative good refresher
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Misty R - phx, AZ  ·  Feb 08, 2018
very informative and easy to navigate
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Price: $15.00
CE-PRO Price: $7.50