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About Our APP Clinical Skills and Procedures Workshop

Have you ever heard the age old medical saying “Whatever you do, don’t kill anybody?”  This program is designed for any medical provider in any practice setting.  As our nation restructures healthcare delivery, patients with real medical problems are avoiding the emergency department copays.  Are you prepared to manage what walks in your front door?  We specialize in giving you the skills to save lives, not just push patients through the system!

Each two-day class is well organized, filled in advance, and planned to run seamlessly. Didactic sessions are planned in the morning, and are open and engaging. Afternoon sessions are all procedurally focused.

Everything from suturing techniques, joint aspiration, and central venous catheter insertion is covered live, in person, and in an organized manner to maximize your time and perfect your technique. Plus, you’ll earn AAPA or ANPA CME credits.

In two days, you will master:

Radiology Interpretation

  • Lectures focused on the ENTIRE human body and common fracture patterns
  • How to communicate findings to the orthopedic surgeon
  • What needs emergent, urgent, and delayed treatment
  • CT and MRI interpretation
  • Splint application and management
  • Shoulder, elbow, knee, ankle, and hip reductions
  • In total, 75 topics are covered!

EKG Interpretation

  • Electrical conduction of the heart
  • Identification and treatment of STEMI
  • Posterior MI
  • MI Patterns
  • Left Main Disease
  • Electrolyte disturbances and management
  • All Major Dysrhythmias and advanced treatment
  • Understanding of Bundle Branch Blocks and MI
  • Over 20 EKG abnormalities are included!

Pulmonary Disorders and Management

  • Pneumothorax
  • COPD
  • Asthma
  • Current management guidelines
  • Peak Flow application
  • Tracheostomy management
  • 12 pulmonary clinical scenarios and current management guidelines!

Lethal Skin Conditions

  • 7 lethal skin conditions, identification, and treatment
  • Burn identification and management
  • Rash Identification

Practice Improvement Tips

  • How to present cases to attending physicians and specialists
  • What attending physicians and specialists need to know from you
  • Current PQRS and documentation guidelines.
  • Resources to maximize documentation reimbursement and MIPS bonuses

Procedure Workshop

  • Full afternoon suture workshop (all types) including Suture Cam
  • Joint injection and aspiration of knee and shoulder
  • Foreign body/fishhook removal
  • Nail trephination
  • Lumbar Puncture
  • Needle Decompression of Pneumothorax
  • Chest Tube (Thoracostomy) insertion
  • Splinting workshop
  • IUD Insertion and Removal
  • In total, 31 procedures are included in our afternoon sessions!

To focus on your individual needs, class sizes are kept to a maximum of 30 participants per class. Coffee, drinks, and lunch are provided.

Day 1 Schedule

Day 1 Morning Session

Course Introduction
Cardiac Overview
EKG Interpretation
Acute MI
Common Dysrhythmias

Pulmonary Overview
Basic Airway Assessment
Pneumothorax
Wells Criteria
PERC Rule
Using D-Dimer
Tracheostomy Replacement
PQRS Documentation

Overview of Radiograph Interpretation
Chest, Shoulder, Clavicle Radiographs
Systemic Reading Process
Abnormal Radiographs
Radiographic Signs of Major Diseases
Radiographic Signs of High Impact Injuries

Day 1 Afternoon Session

Procedural Overview
Needle Decompression
Chest Tube Insertion
Tracheostomy Replacement
Shoulder Reduction and Immobilization
Upper Extremity Joint Aspiration
Trigger Point Injection
Nail Trephination
Nail Removal
Foreign Body and Fish Hook Removal

Introduction to Suture Techniques

Suture Clinic
Simple Interrupted
Simple Running
Mattress
Subcutaneous/Multiple Layer Closure
Staples
Skin Adhesive
Surgeon’s Knot
Buried Knot
Billing and Documentation for Sutures
Local Injections and Digital Blocks

Day 2 Schedule

Day 2 Morning Session

Introduction to Trauma
Designation of Trauma Centers
Process of Trauma Assessment
Primary and Secondary Survey
Special Categories of Trauma
Pitfalls of Poor Trauma Management
Expectations of Management
When to Get Help

Radiograph Interpretation of the Spine
Long Board and Collar Removal
NEXUS Criteria
Unstable Fractures
Mechanisms of Common Fractures
Immobilization
Correct Studies
Correct Consult and Referral

Upper and Lower Extremity Images
Common Patterns of Fractures
Common Dislocation and Reduction Techniques
Amputations
When to Consult Orthopedics
When to Consider Transfer/EMS

Day 2 Afternoon Session

Skin and Soft Tissue Conditions
Emergent Rash Identification
Cellulitis
Abscess
DVT Identification and Decisions Rules
Burn Care and Referral Criteria
What Not to Send Home

Procedure Clinic
Lumbar Puncture
Incision and Drainage of Abscess
Hip Reduction
IUD Insertion and Removal
Patella Reduction
Ankle Reduction
Upper Extremity Splinting
Lower Extremity Joint Aspiration
Intraosseus Access
Central Venous Catheter Insertion

Closing Survey and Final Thoughts
Optional Certification Examination

Each of our courses are two days in length from 8am – 5pm. This is the actual course curriculum for the Advanced Practice Provider Clinical Skills Workshop 1. Every student will receive the same exposure and hands-on training in an organized round-robin fashion. Additional after hour time with procedure simulators may also be available after the first day session has ended.

CME Credits

This program has been reviewed and is approved for a maximum of 22.00 AAPA Category 1 CME credits by the AAPA Review Panel. PAs should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. This program was planned in accordance with AAPA CME Standards for Live Programs and for Commercial Support of Live Programs.

This activity is approved for 22.25 contact hour(s) of continuing education (which includes 2.25 hour(s) of pharmacology) by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Activity ID# 19114023. This activity was planned in accordance with AANP Accreditation Standards and Policies.

This activity includes 12 procedure hours that qualify towards Emergency Nurse Practitioner Certification requirements.

Certification and Reference Letter

In addition to earning continuous education credits, we offer a program certification option.  If you choose to take our test and score high enough, you will receive a certificate and a Letter of Recommendation from the Medical Director to share with prospective employers and credentialing boards.  Anyone who has tried to get their first job without experience can validate how important a letter like this can be to supplement your credentials and help verify your abilities. If you have been looking for validation to help you stand out from your competition, look no further.  Put another way – our medical director believes that our program and focused resources will help your clinical skills so much, that he literally put his name on your success!  This is another bonus included in your program registration package.

The Total Package

How does this course compare to others?

Unlike other courses that last more days, have more students, and cumulatively are more expensive when you add travel costs, our courses allow for intensive training on key topics, with one-on-one education in a small group setting.  You can’t beat our combination of lecture material and hands on procedure experience, and our locations and guaranteed rates are the the most affordable around.  There are no hidden fees, and no add on costs – our lectures and procedures are all rolled into one well-organized two-day experience!

Our program price includes:

    • Course manual ($10.99 value)
    • Tote bag, Sim Vivo Suture Kit with sutures and instruments ($99 value)
    • Online Tutorial Videos
    • Live lectures and access to all material through our Membership Resources portal (One year membership included in price – $99 value)
    • Discounts on future programs
    • Certification Examination and Letter of Reference signed by our medical director
    • No add-on fees for additional material.  What you see here is what you get, all for one low price!
  • Great rates at the hotels where we hold our programs!
  • Additional CME opportunities*

Also, don’t forget – your time is also your money.  Extra hotel nights and time away from work or home has an additional cost!  Why spend several days in a classroom when you can get it all done in two?

Provider Practice Essentials does not have a dedicated brand, corporation, contracted agreement, or preference of one specific medical equipment manufacturer over another. As a result, you will get hands on training with multiple different brands and types of equipment that you will likely use in the clinical setting where you will work.  We do, however, value our close relationships with the designers, inventors, and vendors of the best medical simulation equipment available.

*The Live lecture program is approved for 22 AAPA and 22.25 AANP (including 2.25 pharmacology credits).  Additional CME is based on approval by the AANP and AAPA, and will be offered through our membership resources portal.  Certification is an option included in the program and is based on mastery of procedural skills and a validated 50-question written exam based on our program material.  Regular additions will be made to our resources content.

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