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Each year, more than 2 million patients in the United States suffer from acute coronary syndrome (ACS). The National Institute of Medicine has identified the prevention and reduction of recurring ischemic events and optimization of individual functioning as key elements of quality improvement. Health-care professionals, particularly RNs and NPs, play a key role in preventing catastrophic ischemic events by recognizing patients at increased risk for stent thrombosis, providing appropriate treatment and prevention plans, and ensuring that they are compliant with antiplatelet therapy for at least 1 year after stent placement. The familiarity of RNs and NPs with their patients, as well as current evidence-guided management recommendations, can improve clinical outcomes for patients with ACS, emphasizing the importance of up-to-date education for RNs and NPs, both during and following an acute ischemic event.
After taking part in this educational activity, participants should be better able to:
It is the policy of Montefiore Medical Center to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all its educational activities. All faculty participating in our programs are expected to disclose any relationships they may have with commercial companies whose products or services may be mentioned, so that participants may evaluate the objectivity of the presentations. In addition, any discussion of off-label, experimental, or investigational use of drugs or devices will be disclosed by the faculty.
Deepak L. Bhatt, MD, MPH, FACC, FSCAI, FESC, FACP, FAHA, receives research grants (directly to Institution) from Bristol-Myers Squibb, Eisai, Ethicon, Heartscape, sanofi-aventis, and The Medicines Company. He is a consultant and on the advisory board of Arena Pharmaceuticals, Astellas Pharma, AstraZeneca, Bayer Pharmaceuticals, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Cardax Pharmaceuticals, Centocor, Cogentus Pharmaceuticals, Daiichi-Sankyo, Eisai, Eli Lilly and Company, GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson & Johnson, Ortho-McNeil, Medtronic, Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Molecular Insight Pharmaceuticals, Otsuka, ParinGenix, PDL BioPharma, Philips, Portola Pharmaceuticals, sanofi-aventis, Schering-Plough Corporation, Scios, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, The Medicines Company, and Vertex Pharmaceuticals. Dr. Bhatt has donated consultant/advisory fees to nonprofits for over 2 years.
Eileen M. Handberg, PhD, ARNP, BC, FAHA, receives unrestricted educational grant support by way of the University of Florida from AstraZeneca, Boehringer Ingelheim, CV Therapeutics, Daiichi-Sankyo Lilly, Merck & Co., Pfizer Inc, sanofi-aventis, and Schering-Plough Corporation for the Vascular Biology Working Group.
Susan D. Housholder-Hughes, RN, MSN, CCRN, ANPBC, ACNS-BC, FAHA, receives honoraria and is on the speakers’ bureau of Schering-Plough Corporation.
Anne Marie Palatnik, MSN, APN, BC, receives honoraria and is on the speakers’ bureaus of sanofi-aventis, Schering-Plough Corporation, and The Medicines Company.
This CE activity does contain information about off-label/unapproved uses of drugs. Please be sure to read full prescribing information on the agents mentioned in this program prior to using for patient care.
This program is sponsored by Montefiore Medical Center.
This program is supported by an educational grant from Daiichi-Sankyo Lilly.
CE for Nurses
Montefiore Medical Center, Division of Education & Organizational Development, is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the New York State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.
This activity is awarded 2 contact hours.
To obtain credit, a score of 70% or better is required. This CME is offered at no cost to participants. Please proceed with the activity until you have successfully completed this program, answered all test questions, completed the posttest survey, and have received your digital copy of your credit certificate. Your online certificate will be saved on myCME.com within your Profile/Exam History, which you can then access at any time.