Vertebroplasty is effective for managing myelomatous VCFs

Vertebroplasty is effective for managing myelomatous VCFs
Vertebroplasty is effective for managing myelomatous VCFs


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Release date: December 15, 2013

Expiration date: December 15, 2015

Estimated time to complete this activity: 36 minutes

This continuing nursing education activity is provided by the Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation (NPHF).

NPHF is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. 

Statement of need: Approximately 75% of patients with multiple myeloma will experience bone pain, and new vertebral fractures occur in approximately 15% to 30% of these patients. Nurses' interactions with patients from diagnosis through treatment make them the ideal person to recognize changes in a patient's functioning and to initiate interventions such as percutaneous vertebroplasty for vertebral compression fractures. The minimally invasive procedure is relatively low-risk but relies on careful patient selection based on nursing assessments. Nurse awareness of this treatment option and the patient selection criteria may be a significant factor in the use of percutaneous vertebroplasty to relieve patients' back pain and improve their quality of life.

Target audience: This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of registered nurses and nurse practitioners involved in the management of patients with cancer.

Educational objectives:

• Differentiate the two types of vertebroplasties, percutaneous vertebroplasty and balloon kyphoplasty

• Describe the pathophysiology that leads to vertebral fractures in multiple myeloma

• Describe the risks and benefits of percutaneous vertebroplasty

Accreditation statement: This continuing nursing education activity is provided by the Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation (NPHF).

NPHF is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Designation statement: Free continuing nursing education credit of 0.6 is available. After reading the article, go to mycme.com to register, take the posttest, and receive a certificate. A score of 80% is required to pass.

Please note that the posttest is available only on myCME.com. The article may also be viewed at OncologyNurseAdvisor.com and on the Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation Web site: www. ­nphealthcarefoundation.org. For more information, contact Fiona Shannon at fiona@­nphealthcarefoundation.org. 

Disclosure of conflicts of interest: The Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation (NPHF) assesses conflict of interest with its instructors, planners, reviewers, and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of CE activities. All relevant conflicts of interest that are identified are thoroughly vetted by NPHF for fair balance, scientific objectivity of studies utilized in this activity, and patient care recommendations. NPHF is committed to providing its learners with high quality CE activities and related materials that promote improvements or quality in health care.

The faculty: Jayne C. Kasian, BA, BN, CON(C), MN, and Laura Johnson, RN(NP), MN, reported no financial relationships or relationships to products or devices they or their spouse/life partner have with commercial interests related to the content of this CE activity.

The planners, reviewers, and staff: Fiona J. Shannon, MHS, FNP; Joyce Pagan; Kristen Childress, DNP, ARNP; Connie Morrison-Hoogstede, MN, ANP, AOCNP; and Genean M. Page, RN, OCN, reported no financial relationships or relationships to products or devices they or their spouse/life partner have with commercial interests related to the content of this CE activity..

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in the educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of or imply endorsement by Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation, American Nurses Credentialing Center, or Haymarket Media Inc.

As this article contains only a review, participants have an implied responsibility to use this newly acquired information while also consulting other appropriate sources of information in order to gain full understanding of the topic.

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HOW TO TAKE THE POST-TEST: To obtain CE credit, please click here after reading the article to take the post-test on myCME.com.


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