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The courseware from Apex Innovations is constantly being upgraded and updated. Whenever there is a change made to a page, an image or information in the program, it is considered by your computer as a 'first time viewed' page. Any pre-loader activity may be seen only the first time you view that new page. Be sure to review the page for any new information.
From time to time we will send an email to everyone who currently has access to any Apex courseware whenever there are any major modifications, significant enhancements or additions to the program. In addition to email communication, updates to specific pages will be identified in the courseware with the menu name in bold, and major content changes will be identified in the revision history icon. Info may also be available on website and my curriculum page.
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As with any education program, an individual will complete lessons at varying rates. Course time varies based on individual skill level, content complexity, and continuing education time requirements. Once the lesson is completed, a timed test is offered for each level with 30-60 minutes to complete each test.
Any level can be accessed by selecting your desired course at the top of the page. You can navigate within each level via the sub-menu on the left-side of the screen or you can use the "previous" and "next" buttons at the top of each page. The Apex courseware is filled with Intelligent Interactivity® to improve user experience and enhance learning. New functionality includes the ability to search within the program for a specific term and an icon bar conveniently located on the left side of the page. The icon bar includes key questions to improve your knowledge, additional information on items of added interest, revision history for content updates, and related links for your reference. Also are functions to support and enhance your experience including a bookmark for your favorite pages, Apex Community icon to share information, a comment icon to send us your valued feedback, a drawing tool to highlight or circle important content on each page, and a configuration icon where you can choose to automatically close the sub-menus. Once you login, you can see detailed instructions by viewing the User Guide.
One of the most important requirements is to have high-speed internet access. While the program may function over a low-bandwidth connection such as dial-up, your experience may not prove satisfactory. You will also need the latest Flash Player (version 11.0 or above) to view all of our high-intensity graphics. If you are unsure of which Flash version you are running, go to the My Curriculum page and click on "Tech Support Info" in the menu. This will tell you which version of Flash you are currently using. If needed, download the latest Player, free of charge, at www.adobe.com.
You'll need to create a new account on our site and enter the license key in order to unlock the courseware. If you already have an account on our site, login as usual and then click on "Register License Key" in the menu of the My Curriculum page. If you have any difficulties accessing the program, please call our customer support center for technical support 24/7, toll free at 866-294-4599 x111.
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Yes, our courseware was designed to communicate your activities and testing information with any LMS. Our courses are SCORM compliant.
Testing may only be repeated 3 times, excluding EHAC and NIHSS, for each course. With the exception of EHAC and NIHSS, all testing is timed and user participation requires a score of 80% or greater to receive a CE hour certificate or completion certificate. Earned CE credits may be claimed only once annually.
The NIHSS certification test is not timed and may be repeated as many times as desired to obtain a passing score or to improve your score. A score of 93% or greater is required for successful completion to become NIH Stroke Scale certified and to receive the appropriate certificate. Earned CE credits may be claimed only once annually.
The EHAC test is not timed and may be repeated as many times as desired to obtain a passing score of 70% or to improve your score. After finishing the short quiz, you can take the EHAC deputization pledge and print your completion certificate. There are no CE hours associated with this program.
Hemispheres 2.0® is a comprehensive, interactive stroke competency series available AND includes the NIHSS Training and Certification! The eight levels of Hemispheres 2.0® are Brain Anatomy & Physiology, Stroke Pathophysiology, Emergency Response to Stroke, In-Hospital Ischemic Stroke, In-Hospital Hemorrhagic Stroke, Stroke Prevention, Excellence in Stroke Care, and NIH Stroke Scale. Printable course completion and CE certificates are available following successful testing and evaluation.
Hemispheres 2.0® is beneficial to stroke centers, potential stroke centers, or those in need of current, consistent, stroke education and resources for staff and patients. It delivers eight levels of content in a unique, interactive, web-based format for use by both individuals and organizations. We designed Hemispheres 2.0® specifically to support staff education for healthcare professionals.
For current continuing education (CE) credit and accreditation information for Hemispheres 2.0®, please see the CE credit page. Once you have successfully passed the test after each level (80% or better for Levels I-VII, 93% or better for Level VIII), you may print a course completion and/or CE certificate. To submit for CE credit, a course evaluation is required.
imPULSE 2.0® is a new approach to chest pain and ECG education and competency AND includes the Early Heart Attack Care (EHAC) Training and Deputization! The eight levels of imPULSE 2.0® are Anatomy and Physiology, Electrocardiograms, Rhythms, 12 Lead ECGs, Acute Coronary Syndrome, Advanced & Special Situations, a Reference Library, and EHAC. Printable course completion and CE certificates are available following successful testing and evaluation.
imPULSE 2.0® is beneficial to chest pain centers, potential chest pain centers, or those of need of current, consistent, ECG and chest pain education and resources for staff and patients. It delivers eight levels of content in a unique, interactive, web-based format for use by both individuals and organizations. We designed imPULSE 2.0® specifically to support staff education for healthcare professionals.
For current continuing education (CE) credit and accreditation information for imPULSE 2.0®, please see the CE credit page. Once you have successfully passed the test after each level (80% or better for Levels I-VII, 70% or better for Level VIII), you may print a course completion and/or CE certificate. To submit for CE credit, a course evaluation is required.
Sepsis - A Systemic ResponseTM is a four level competency series that delivers exciting and relevant content, reinforcing your hospital's sepsis program. Educating staff will ensure everyone is sepsis-knowledgeable, sepsis competent, and give the clinical staff the best opportunity to improve outcomes for the sepsis patient.
We provide ancillary staff with basic introduction to Sepsis (Level I), with a focus on recognition, response, and prevention. The clinical staff will be able to learn about this potentially life threatening condition, with a focused look at the body’s overwhelming response to pathogen invasion. Staff will benefit from sepsis assessment and screening, guideline-based interventions, and transitions of care when caring for this patient population.
For current continuing education (CE) credit for Sepsis - A Systemic ResponseTM, please see the CE credit page. Once you have successfully passed the test after each level (80% or better), you may print a course completion and /or CE certificate (for Levels II, III, and IV). Level I does not have CE credit, so only a course completion certificate is available. To submit for CE credit, a course evaluation is required.
Heart Failure - FocusedTM is a three-level heart failure competency series that provides essential information in an easy to understand, engaging format. This program is a spin-off from Heart Failure - Comprehensive with just the right amount of required annual education for accreditation.
This course is designed for direct care nurses and other clinical staff involved in the care of heart failure patients. Healthcare organizations can use this program to achieve or maintain heart failure accreditation or certification, and to improve overall performance, reimbursement, and reduce patient readmissions.
For current continuing education (CE) credit and accreditation information for Heart Failure – Focused, please see the CE credit Page. Once you have successfully passed the test after each level (80% or better for Levels I-III), you may print a course completion and/or certificate. To submit for CE credit, a course evaluation is required.
Heart Failure - ComprehensiveTM expands and reinforces your knowledge of heart failure through six interactive courses. You will learn the complexity of heart failure as a clinical syndrome, as well as a progressive disease. The basics to advanced content includes a focus on signs and symptoms, assessment, risk scoring, guideline-directed management, and contributors to exacerbation.
This educational series is designed for any healthcare professional involved in the care of heart failure patients. It makes difficult heart failure concepts, such as hemodynamics, easy to understand. Heart Failure - Comprehensive is a must-do series for heart failure certification and accreditation.
Heart Failure - Comprehensive delivers multiple courses each with varying amounts of continuing education (CE) credit. See the CE credit page for specific information. After successfully testing, and course evaluation completion, you may print your continuing education certificate.
Canadian Hemispheres 2.0™ is a multi-level, comprehensive, stroke competency series reflecting the Canadian Best Practice Recommendations. The eight levels of Canadian Hemispheres 2.0™ cover Brain Anatomy & Physiology, Stroke Pathophysiology, Hyperacute Stroke, In-Hospital Ischemic Stroke, In-Hospital Hemorrhagic Stroke, Stroke Prevention, Excellence in Stroke Care, and the NIH Stroke Scale. Within these courses, you will also learn about imaging basics, endovascular procedures, reperfusion syndrome, telemedicine, stroke distinction and much more!
Canadian Hemispheres 2.0™ is beneficial for Canadian healthcare professionals (nurses, physicians, medics), novice to advanced, who would like to stay up-to-date on the best practice recommendations for stroke care. It delivers eight levels of content from brain and neuro basics to ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke care, prevention, management and excellence, in a unique, graphic and interactive format. Canadian Hemispheres 2.0™ supports individual and organizational annual education, orientation and continuing education.
For current continuing education (CE) credit and accreditation information for Canadian Hemispheres 2.0™, please see the CE credit page. Printable course completion and CE certificates are available following successful testing and evaluation.(80% or better for Levels I-VI, 93% or better for Level VIII)
Responder® is an online, interactive STEMI Recognition course which includes a review of Acute Coronary Syndrome, ECG lead placement, emergency response time goals, and pre-hospital decisions. STEMI recognition is promoted through the use of case studies, ECG drills, and ECG interpretation. Also included in the program is the importance of a STEMI System of Care, Excellence in STEMI Care, Multidisciplinary Team Coordination, STEMI System Metrics, and Resources. Printable course completion and CE certificates are available following successful testing and evaluation.
Responder® is beneficial for pre-hospital and emergency medical personnel, or those in need of ACS-STEMI education and resources. The content is presented in a unique, interactive, web-based format for use by both individuals and organizations. We designed Responder® specifically to support staff education for healthcare professionals.
For current continuing education (CE) credit and accreditation information for Responder®, please see the CE credit page. Once you have successfully passed the test (80% or better), you may print a course completion and/or CE certificate. To submit for CE credit, a course evaluation is required.
The NIH Stroke Scale is a neurological examination used to measure the patient's status after a stroke and in assessing the outcome after treatment. Among stroke neurologists and neuroscience nurses, it is the most widely used stroke deficit scale. The NIH Stroke Scale contains parameters for observing changes in the patient's neurological status and measuring stroke severity.
The program is a training video developed by neurologists from the University of Cincinnati, the University of Iowa, and the National Institutes of Health - National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NIH-NINDS). Included are discussion points and patient demonstration for each of the 11-item neurological exams. To complete this activity you must complete all of the exercises, pass the test with a score of 93% or better and complete the participant feedback tool.
The patient group will be identified on your NIH Stroke Scale certification certificate.
Test Group A is the initial test group for first time NIH Stroke Scale certifications. Subsequent patient test groups are presented for certification renewals and are presented in sequential order for retesting after successful completion of the previous test group.
The NIH Stroke Scale certification through Apex Innovations is valid for one year from the initial testing date for Patient Group A. The expiration for all other subsequent patient groups is two years from the testing date.
3.0 continuing education hours are available for successful completion which includes a post-test passing score of 93% or better and the completion of an evaluation form.
The National Institute of Health does NOT permit the review of individual test results for the NIH Stroke Scale.
EHAC is a public awareness campaign and a free educational program authored by Dr. Raymond Bahr and promoted by the ACC Accreditation Services. The goal is to educate the public about the early warning signs and symptoms of an impending heart attack. EHAC means Early Heart Attack Care and stresses the message that heart attacks have beginnings and the public can help with recognition and response as well as pledge to act to save a life.
EHAC is for the public to learn about Early Heart Attack Care. It was developed and authored by Dr. Raymond Bahr and is promoted by the ACC Accreditation Services to stress the message that heart attacks have beginnings. EHAC is a required educational component for hospitals seeking Chest Pain Center Certification. It is designed for all hospital staff, clinical and non-clinical, who can help with recognition and response of Early Heart Attack Care to save a life.
The NIH Stroke Scale is a 11-item neurological examination used to measure the patient's status after a stroke. After a baseline score is attained, the scale also contains parameters for observing changes in the patient's neurological status and measuring stroke severity. This free NIHSS educational program is a series of training videos developed by neurologists from the University of Cincinnati, the University of Iowa, and the National Institutes of Health - National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NIH-NINDS). Included in the videos are discussion points and patient demonstrations to help you perform and score this patient assessment accurately.
NIHSS education and certification is for all clinical staff who are involved in the care of the stroke patient. The scale is a clinical assessment tool used to measure the patient's status after a stroke. It is used during the initial assessment and treatment and throughout the hospital stay. The scale is usually performed by Emergency room physicians or nurses, neurologist, in-patient nurses, therapist, or other members of the acute stroke team.
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