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In 2015-16 obesity affected over 93 million adults in the United States — nearly 2 out of every 5 Americans aged 20 and older. Community pharmacies interact with patients with obesity on a nearly daily basis and have an unparalleled opportunity to reach this market with critical health services.

The primary focus of this home study is to educate the community pharmacist on the medical and support needs of the patient who is evaluating, undergoing, and/or completed bariatric weight-loss surgery. In 2015, almost 200,000 bariatric surgeries were performed in the United States; pharmacists and pharmacy technicians need to be aware of the medication requirements and impact of a patient’s bariatric surgery.

The overall goal of this 15-hour knowledge based program is to provide the pharmacist and technician with information and resources to effectively counsel and treat patients with obesity, especially those who are considering or have undergone bariatric surgery.

Module 1: Obesity and Treatment Options

Obesity and its causes, co-morbidities associated with obesity, and possible treatment options available, including diet, medication, and bariatric surgery

Module 2: Bariatric Preoperative Process

Selecting a good bariatric team, preoperative evaluation by bariatric team and third-party payers, and preoperative activities for the patient

Module 3: Postoperative Management of Bariatric Surgery Patients

The postoperative process for the patient, including complications, diet, medication management, exercise, support from groups and healthcare professionals, alcohol consumption, and changes in routine medical procedures or tests

Module 4: Nutritional Support of Bariatric Surgery Patients

Preoperative and postoperative nutritional support needs of the bariatric patient, including micro- and macronutrients and monitoring parameters

Module 5: Drug Absorption and Medication Management of Bariatric Surgery Patients

An overview of medications prescribed and administered postoperatively to bariatric patients and general guidance on how to adjust doses in different drug classes to treat post-op bariatric surgery patients

Bariatric Home Study – Module 1: Obesity and Treatment Options (3h)
UAN: 0201-9999-19-100-H04-P/T  |  Knowledge Based

  • Define obesity and identify causes for obesity in individuals
  • List nonpharmacologic treatment options to lose weight
  • List weight-loss drugs that are commercially available and other medications that can cause weight loss
  • Describe bariatric surgery and procedure options for losing weight
  • List the advantages and disadvantages of the different bariatric surgery and procedure options

Bariatric Home Study – Module 2: Bariatric Preoperative Process (3h)
UAN: 0201-9999-19-101-H04-P/T  |  Knowledge Based

  • List the requirements to qualify for bariatric surgery by both the bariatric team and by the third-party payers
  • Discuss the components of the psychological exam to assess a patients readiness for bariatric surgery
  • Define the Liver Reduction Diet (LRD) and its purpose in the preoperative process for bariatric surgery
  • Discuss the management of co-morbidities prior to surgery
  • Discuss the preoperative preparation process for bariatric surgery after approval has been granted

Bariatric Home Study – Module 3: Postoperative Management of Bariatric Surgery Patients (6h)
UAN: 0201-9999-19-102-H04-P/T  |  Knowledge Based

  • List the expectations of patients immediately following bariatric surgery
  • Discuss pre- and post-op medication management of bariatric surgery patients
  • Provide general progressive diet guidelines for post-op bariatric surgery patients
  • Discuss the importance of exercise, tracking, and support for post-op bariatric patients
  • Describe potential complications and adverse effects following bariatric surgery and options to correct or prevent them
  • Discuss alcohol consumption in a post-op bariatric patient and changes in absorption and metabolism of the alcohol
  • Discuss changes in other medical procedures in a post-op bariatric patient and alternative options to perform them

Bariatric Home Study – Module 4: Nutritional Support of Bariatric Surgery Patients (3h)
UAN: 0201-9999-19-103-H04-P/T  |  Knowledge Based

  • Discuss the nutritional guidelines for both preoperative and postoperative bariatric surgery patients
  • Assess the risks and recognize the symptoms of nutritional deficiencies in bariatric surgery patients
  • Identify which salt forms or sources of vitamins and minerals are readily absorbed by the human body
  • Discuss the role of each micronutrient and macronutrient in the human body
  • Recommend the appropriate supplement(s) to meet the individual needs of a bariatric patient
  • List the monitoring parameters to assess the nutritional status of a postoperative bariatric patient

Bariatric Home Study – Module 5: Drug Absorption and Medication Management of Bariatric Surgery Patients (3h)
UAN: 0201-9999-19-104-H04-P/T  |  Knowledge Based

  • Discuss the rationale for medications that are added immediately following bariatric surgery
  • Review the acceptable dosage forms for postoperative bariatric patients
  • Explain the effects of alcohol on postoperative bariatric patients
  • Discuss the use of medications in different drug classes and recommend appropriate medications, doses, and dosage forms
  • Use pharmacokinetic properties of drugs to help determine dosing regiments for drugs
  • List monitoring parameters to evaluate effectiveness or toxicity of medications in postoperative bariatric patients
  • Make recommendations to patients about the use of medications after surgery
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Bariatric Home Study, a knowledge-based course, has been approved for a total of 15 contact hours (1.5 CEU) of continuing education credit. See Learning Objectives for individual numbers. These UANs have an initial release date of 11/18/2019 and an expiration date of 11/18/2022.  Attendees will be required to complete an evaluation form at the completion of the program. Attendees requesting CE will be required to provide their NABP e-Profile ID and birthdate (MMDD) to receive credit for any ACPE-accredited CPE session. Due to new ACPE regulations, if required information is received after 60 days, a $250 late fee will be assessed before CE will be processed.

Minimum System Requirements

Processor: 1 GHz | Hard Drive: 32 GB | Memory (RAM): 1 GB | Sound card w/speakers | Internet Access: 10 Mbps download

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