Continuing Education

By July 16, 2018Digestive Health

Continuing Education

Nurses play an important role in the continuous care and monitoring of chronically ill patients. They often collaborate with other members of the clinical team to develop appropriate treatments and to educate patients on aspects of their self-care. Avanos Medical places a high value on continuing education for nurses whose focus is on airway management, enteral feeding, ventilator associated events (VAE) and other critical components of enteral and respiratory care.

According to a 2018 study from the International Journal of Nursing Studies, employing well-educated nurses is linked to better safety and quality in the care of patients.1 The study found an association between higher nursing education and better patient outcomes. Avanos helps nurses continue their education by offering a wide variety of solid clinical content on subjects critical to patient care.

 

The Avanos online courses, self-study lessons, and webinars explore such important basics as how innovations and breakthroughs in technology and new practices affect patient safety and quality of care, as well as how to assemble and insert the various component tubes for both enteral and respiratory issues.

"employing well-educated nurses is linked to better safety and quality in the care of patients."

Digestive Health

Avanos covers a wide range of topics associated with enteral feeding, including a close examination of the workings of the intestine, since intestinal health is crucial to overall health. Nurses invested in enteral feeding are able to expand their knowledge of such important topics as the maintenance of feeding tubes and their components, potential complications and measures to prevent them, as well as helpful instructions for the maintenance of the stoma site.

Nutrition is, of course, a key part of keeping patients healthy and thriving. The Avanos courses are committed to helping nurses understand how the type of feeding tube used can lead to better nutritional outcomes for patients, and to help them better understand the disease states that impact nutrition.

Avanos works with experts and medical professionals who are well-versed in enteral issues, who share their clinical perspective on how to select an enteral feeding tube with patient comfort in mind.

Respiratory Health

Respiratory nurses understand, perhaps better than anyone, that breath is life. What might seem like a simple process—mechanically helping a patient breathe better through a tube or breathing kit—is a nuanced process with many variables that contribute to successful patient care.

The Avanos respiratory health courses cover a wide range of topics, such as the importance of oral hygiene in preventing hospital-acquired pneumonia (HAP) and VAE, to the role of microaspiration in these same conditions.

Clinical experts also offer guidance on getting ahead of and preventing crises and catastrophes associated with ventilator associated events, many of which can be avoided or solved quickly.

No matter which topic brings nurses to our courses, Avanos is a trusted source of clinical content that can assist them in providing better care to their patients.