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Activity Dates: 06/19/2015 - 04/21/2018

Target Audience

This course is designed for pharmacists, nurse practitioners or other healthcare professionals involved in the comprehensive medication management of psychiatric and/or neurological patients.

Session Summary

QT prolongation management continues to be a hot topic in psychiatric pharmacy practice, and it is imperative as the medication experts that we have a basic understanding of this concept and how the medications we use impact the QT interval. Dr. Allen LaPointe’s presentation will help psychiatric pharmacy specialists understand the relationship between QT interval prolongations and its implications/risk of occurrence of torsades de pointes (TdP). She will also review basic concepts in regard to QT prolongation and QT interval measurements. Finally, an overview of medications which increase risk of QT prolongation will be discussed and resources for use in QT prolongation will be presented.

Course Requirements

You will proceed through the following steps to satisfactorily complete this course:

  • Review the full content of the activity and reflect upon its teachings.
  • Complete the post-test at the end of the activity no later than the closing activity date. (login first)
  • Complete the evaluation at the end of the activity. (login first)
  • If necessary, complete the post-test retest no later than the closing activity date. (login first)
  • Receive a passing grade (70%).
  • Provide the necessary details in your profile to ensure correct reporting by CPNP to CPE Monitor. (login first)

This course is provided online at cpnp.org and consists of the speaker audio and slides. A PDF file of the slides is also provided and access is available to participants indefinitely although ACPE credit is available only through the course expiration date.

Participants in this course must complete an examination and achieve a score of 70% or greater. Successful completion of the course also requires the completion of a course evaluation. ACPE statements of credit can be retrieved by participants online at cpnp.org immediately upon successful completion of the course.

Faculty Information and Disclosures

Nancy Allen LaPointe, PharmD, MHS, AACC

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Learning Objectives

  1. Discuss the relationship between QT interval prolongation and risk/occurrence of torsades de pointes (TdP).
  2. Identify medications and other factors associated with QT prolongation and TdP.
  3. Discuss measurement of the QT interval and monitoring of the QT interval in clinical practice.
  4. Review the risk level of various psychotropic medications for the development of TdP.

Continuing Education Credit and Disclosures

Activity Dates: 06/19/2015 - 04/21/2018
ACPE Contact Hours: 1.0
ACPE Number: 0284-0000-15-013-H01-P (Knowledge)
Nursing Credit Reminder: Note that ACPE credit is accepted for certification renewal.

ACPEThe College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. This self-study course provides 1.0 contact hours (0.10 CEUs) of knowledge-based continuing education credit from CPNP approved programming. The ACPE universal program number assigned to this course is 0284-0000-15-013-H01-P (1.0 contact hours).