Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency and Augmentation Therapy (Zemaira)

3 Free Contact Hours in Nursing

This continuing education activity was approved by Colorado Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Course Description

This activity consists of a 45 minute instructional video, an accompanying library of associated reference material, a registration form, a post-test, and an evaluation form. Upon successful completion of 80% on the post test, the participant will be awarded 3 contact hours in continuing nursing education and issued a certificate.

Course Content

The content is presented in two parts. First is an Introduction to Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency. Content includes the discovery, pathophysiology, genetics, risk factors, psychosocial implications, and diagnosis and treatment of this genetic disorder. In the second part of the program, the nurse is provided with drug specific step-by-step instructions for preparing and infusing Zemaira. Additionally, the nurse is provided with patient assessment and documentation information as well as available community resources.

Course Objectives

The Nurse will:
  1. Participants will describe that Alpha-1 is genetically transmitted, can lead to liver disease, early onset emphysema and other conditions.
  2. Participants will explain common barriers to the clinical diagnosis of Alpha-1.
  3. Participants will list at least three key elements in the treatment of individuals with Alpha-1 including augmentation therapy with Zemaira.
  4. Participants will describe criteria for augmentation therapy with Zemaira.
  5. Participants will list at least 4 potential side effects associated with augmentation therapy with Zemaira.
  6. Each participant shall identify procedures necessary for safe and effective Zemaira augmentation therapy.
  7. Participants will name resources available in the community for those affected by Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency and their health care providers.

The educational video program is available for viewing at any time. You may view the video whether or not you choose to complete the course to obtain the 3 Contact Hours in Continuing Nursing Education.