In this course, you will learn about opioid use and addiction and how it has evolved over time, leading to the current public health crisis in the United States. We will cover all of the following points:
• Medical and non-medical use of opioids, including heroin and fentanyl
• How to manage pain with and without opioids
• The risks and neurological pathways to opioid addiction
• That addiction is a disease of the brain, not a lack of will, and there are multiple ways people can become addicted to opioids
• How men and women experience opioid addiction and treatment differently
• How opioid addiction impacts adolescents and young people
• The individual and social impacts of opioid addiction
• The latest harm reduction approaches that law enforcement and public health officials are using to reduce opioid overdose deaths
• Empathic evidence-based behavioral approaches and effective medications that health care professionals can offer people who have an addiction to opioids
• How the path to recovery is not always straightforward, but there is life after addiction
In the early days of health care, what began with an emphasis on curative medicine has now shifted to a focus on preventative and preemptive care. Point of care testing allows for timely patient diagnosis in alternate, near-patient sites such as a physician’s office or hospital without the need for a laboratory setting. Through the development and use of portable diagnostic and monitoring devices, clinicians are able to provide immediate results, allow for rapid treatment, and support patient centered approaches.
Point of care product lines come in a variety of self-contained systems including cassettes, cups, dip cards, and strips. Some devices can be used in combination with easy to use table-top readers that can analyze a variety of samples, with some capable of screening multiple tests at a single time. These devices are low cost, time saving tools that doctors and non-specialists can use to screen and test for many situations such as pregnancy and fertility, high cholesterol, infectious diseases, and even cancer.
Point of care testing has the potential to provide diagnostic power to patients and clinicians in settings where not previously possible. Providing fast, reliable methods and result improves levels of response and convenience to the patient.