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AMDA's 31st Annual Symposium


C15 - Beyond Blood and Bones: Vitamin Deficiencies Common in Long Term Care


Mar 8, 2008 2:30pm ‐ Mar 8, 2008 3:30pm

Standard: $20.00

Description

This session examines common deficiencies in the long term care population. The first presentation will discuss the importance of the high rate of vitamin B-12 deficiency in the elderly. Providers should stay alert to B-12 deficiency in the elderly to prevent irreversible neuralgic damage. Diagnosis, absorption and treatment will be explained using animation. The second presentation examines Vitamin D deficiency and the clinicians struggle on how to address the high prevalence of this deficiency in patients. This presentation reviews data on supplementation and provides a rationale on how and when to measure vitamin D status in patients being considered for supplementation.

    Learning Objectives:
  • Discuss the effects of Vitamin B-12 on tissues
  • Identify various treatment options for vitamin B-12 deficiency
  • Recognize the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in the long-term care setting
  • Develop strategies for supplementation of vitamin D

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