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NCS Currents June 2016

NEUROCRITICAL CARE PHARMACY The PONS Webinar Series Continues to Thrive By Andrea Passarelli, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP The Pharmacotherapy Of Neurocritical care Series (PONS), an enduring curriculum-based e-learning series comprised of various neuro-pharmacotherapy topics, remains a complimentary program for NCS members and non-members that is available on the NCS OnDemand website. We are pleased to report that, since the launch of this series, PONS has been the most frequently visited educational program on NCS OnDemand. The original presentation recordings are still accessible and include “Osmotic Therapy for Elevated Intracranial Pressure,” “Hyponatremia,” “Management of Status Epilepticus,” and “Blood Pressure Control Following Intracerebral Hemorrhage.” New presentations – including “Intraventricular/Intrathecal Drug Delivery,” “Paroxysmal Sympathetic Hyperactivity,” “ICU Management of Myasthenia Gravis,” and “Diabetes Insipidus” – have recently been added. PONS sponsored two live webinars reviewing the NCS Antithrombotic Reversal and Venous Thromboembolism Prophylaxis Guidelines which were recorded and are also archived for viewing. Upcoming topics will include treatment of refractory vasospasm in subarachnoid hemorrhage and the use of medical marijuana in the Neuro ICU. PONS presentations are evidence-based and are prepared and delivered by experts in the field. Six new recordings will be added annually. Existing content will be continually reviewed and updated as needed. Each presentation includes an annotated bibliography as well as a list of additional recommended readings. Not only is PONS a fantastic resource for the neurocritical care professional, it can be used for a variety of teaching purposes. It is ideally suited for providers, nurses, and pharmacists needing a refresher on any of the available topics. It can also be utilized to introduce concepts to trainees including students, residents, and fellows, and is aligned with education milestones for neurology, neurosurgery, and pharmacy residents. Coming in the fall of 2016, continuing education credit for pharmacists, nurses, and physicians will be available for all PONS presentations and recorded webinars. PONS will be available at a discounted price for NCS members and will be able to be purchased individually or bundled together for additional savings. Purchasing a PONS program will allow the user unlimited access while that presentation remains available. PONS will only remain free of charge for a limited time, so check it out today! Presentations can be accessed directly at https:// www.pathlms.com/ncs-ondemand/courses/1622 or through the NCS website. If you have ideas for future PONS topics or would like to be considered as a PONS speaker, please email Theresa Human at txm5120@bjc.org. Andrea Passarelli, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP is a clinical pharmacy specialist in the neurocritical care unit at Christiana Care Health System in Newark, Delaware and a member of the NCS Pharmacy Committee. She is an invited guest writer for Currents. 16


NCS Currents June 2016
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