Acute Flaccid Myelitis: Are we in for another peak year?
What Urgent Care Clinicians Need to Know - In Collaboration with the CDC - 1 pm CT
This is a free webinar event
Janell Routh, MD, MHS, Medical Officer, Division of Viral Diseases, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, CDC
Thomas Tryon, MD
Joseph Toscano, MD (moderator)
Acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) is an emerging serious neurologic condition that affects the nervous system, specifically the gray matter of the spinal cord, causing paralysis. AFM can progress rapidly and lead to respiratory failure. Most cases have been in children. Because AFM is uncommon, many healthcare providers are not familiar with how to recognize and manage it. An AFM outbreak is expected to occur in the late summer/early fall of 2020. Many patients with acute limb weakness present to urgent care or emergency departments. This webinar will review what we know about AFM in the United States so far, clinical presentation and initial evaluation of patients with AFM, as well as the diagnostic workup and patient management considerations for suspected AFM, so that urgent care providers are better equipped to recognize AFM rapidly and provide appropriate care for their patients who may have AFM.
A note from moderator Joseph Toscano, MD:
"Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM) is a relatively uncommon but crucial diagnosis to make in Urgent Care. Typically after a viral prodrome, paralysis can start subtly, but can progress rapidly, with deadly consequences. AFM occurs annually, typically in summer, with biennial peaks, and the summer of 2020 is the next expected peak! While we're battling Covid and treating summer injuries, and preparing for influenza this fall, we all need to be mindful of the variable presentations of this important condition. Join experts from the CDC and some of your friends from the UCA clinical education team in this concentrated, lively, and informative webinar. It will be well worth your time!"
Objectives: At the end of this webinar, the participants will be able to:
Designation Statement: The Urgent Care Association designates this enduring material for up to 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the event.
Accreditation Statement: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Urgent Care Association (UCA) and the College of Urgent Care Medicine (CUCM). UCA is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Janell Routh, MD, MHS, Medical Officer, Division of Viral Diseases, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, CDC, has no financial relationships to disclose.
Thomas Tryon, MD, has no financial relationships to disclose.
Joseph Toscano, MD has no financial relationships to disclose.
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