This presentation comprehensively guides clinicians in all aspects of using long-acting injectable antipsychotics (LAI). Considerations are explored for negotiating LAIs as part of a patient’s tailored treatment plan, including treatment considerations. Preparations are detailed regarding materials needed and their required handling, as well as optimal space for injection delivery of the various available LAIs. Anatomical landmarks for intra-muscular and sub-cutaneous injection sites are reviewed in detail, and proper technique for injection administration.
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- Describe strategies for discussing long-acting injectable antipsychotics (LAIs) with patients.
- Compare available LAIs in regards to treatment considerations, side effects, methods of preparation, and administration.
- Demonstrate proper administration of LAIs, including identification of anatomical landmarks for injection sites and injection techniques.
Psychiatrist, Physician (non-psychiatrist), Physician Assistant, Nurse/Nurse Practitioner
Estimated Time to Complete
Estimated Duration: 1.0 hour
Program Start Date: June 12, 2020
Program End Date: June 12, 2021
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- Donna Rolin, PhD, APRN, University of Texas at Austin. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
- Sarah MacLaurin, MSN, APRN, Massachusetts General Hospital. Disclosure - Nurse Practitioner Advisory Board for Alkermes.
- Teri Brister, PhD, LPC, National Alliance on Mental Illness. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
- Tristan Gorrindo, MD, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
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