Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a progressive neurodegenerative disease involving the upper and lower motor neurons that control voluntary movement. When neurons can no longer transmit impulses to the muscles, the muscles begin to atrophy, and weakness increases over time. According to the ALS Association, about 5,600 new cases of ALS are diagnosed each year, and it is 20% more common in men than in women. However, as each group ages, the incidence equalizes. ALS incidence rates are increasing more rapidly than can be accounted for from an aging population. This educational activity will provide an overview of the condition and the role of the healthcare team in management of this chronic debilitating condition.
The goal of this continuing education module is to update nurses, dietitians, physical therapists, physicians, speech-language pathologists, and radiologic technologists on recent developments in the treatment of patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
- List four symptoms and signs of ALS
- Cite three nervous system functions that remain unaffected in ALS
- List four important functions of the healthcare professional team in the care of patients with ALS
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses, dietitians, physical therapists, physicians, speech-language pathologists, and radiologic technologists.
Dietitians: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
OnCourse Learning is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider (#GD001) with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). This course is a Level 2 course. Suggested CDR Learning Codes: 3000, 3030, 3100, 5000,5300, 5420.
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition (provider # FBN 50-1489).
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Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.
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