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The online training consists of an introduction and overview of celiac disease, the varied presentations of the illness, the medical diagnosis and treatment. It includes non-gastrointestinal symptoms and the more commonly recognized GI presentations of the disease. Strategies for partnering with the medical team to facilitate a diagnosis, as well as being a resource for other hospital personnel are integral components. This is particularly important for nurses in in-patient settings as they are the primary caretakers and are responsible for communicating the ongoing presentation of patients’ symptoms to the attending healthcare provider.
An important component of the training will focus on treatment with the gluten-free diet. It is vital that nurses understand how the gluten-free diet is managed, as well as risks for cross contamination.
After completing this training program, participants will be able to:
Define celiac disease, its prevalence, and how it is manifested.
Name the methodologies of diagnosis.
List techniques to partner successfully with the medical team to facilitate a diagnosis.
Apply techniques to support the implementation of a gluten-free diet in a healthcare setting.
Name treatment modalities to support people with celiac disease.