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Credit Hours: CME 1.00

Target Audience:

This activity is directed to physicians who take care of hospitalized children, medical students, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants working in the emergency room, intensive care unit, or hospital wards.

Educational Objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Review Downs syndrome incidence and genetics.
  • Review newborn management, testing, potential causes of severe illness and discussion with parents when a child is born with Down syndrome.
  • Review how Down syndrome makes patients higher risk for Respiratory Syncytial Virus causing severe disease.

There is no educational content to this course. This course is designed to only administer the post-test and collect CME evaluations for the podcast associated with this training.

Suggested Additional Reading & Joint Accrediation Statement:

  1. Bloemers BL, van Furth AM, Weijerman ME, Gemke RJ, Broers CJ, van den Ende K, Kimpen JL, Strengers JL, Bont LJ. Down syndrome: a novel risk factor for respiratory syncytial virus bronchiolitis--a prospective birth-cohort study. Pediatrics. 2007 Oct;120(4):e1076-81. doi: 10.1542/peds.2007-0788. PMID: 17908728.
  2. Löwensteyn YN, Phijffer EWEM, Simons JVL, Scheltema NM, Mazur NI, Nair H, Bont LJ; RSV GOLD Study Group. Respiratory Syncytial Virus-related Death in Children With Down Syndrome: The RSV GOLD Study. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2020 Aug;39(8):665-670. doi: 10.1097/INF.0000000000002666. PMID: 32332221; PMCID: PMC7360096.
  3. Simon A, Gehrmann S, Wagenpfeil G, Wagenpfeil S. Palivizumab use in infants with Down syndrome-report from the German Synagis™ Registry 2009-2016. Eur J Pediatr. 2018 Jun;177(6):903-911. doi: 10.1007/s00431-018-3142-x. Epub 2018 Apr 12. PMID: 29651734.
  4. Health Supervision for Children With Down Syndrome. Marilyn J. Bull, the Committee on Genetics. Pediatrics Aug 2011, 128 (2) 393-406; DOI: 10.1542/peds.2011-1605.

Joint Accreditation Statement: This statement supersedes all other accreditation statements on this page.
In support of improving patient care, the University of Pittsburgh is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Other health care professionals will receive a certificate of attendance confirming the number of contact hours commensurate with the extent of participation in this activity.

Kishore Vellody, MD — Professor of Pediatrics, University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics
Medical Director, Down Syndrome Center of Western Pennsylvania
No relationships with industry relevant to the content of this educational activity have been disclosed.
No other members of the planning committee, speakers, presenters, authors, content reviewers and/or anyone else in a position to control the content of this education activity have relevant financial relationships with any companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

This activity is approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

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