Description

The training will be delivered by Compound Pharmacist Chris Testa, who is the owner and manager of Tugun Compounding Pharmacy. Chris is also a highly respected lecturer on the topic of pharmaceutical compounding and the regulatory aspects of compounding which he delivers at the School of Pharmacy, Griffith University.

 

Course Outline & Learning Objectives

1. AN HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE
The discovery of anaesthetics and their development to the present. How compounding allows the practitioner to patch the use of topical anaesthetics with rapid advances and developments in procedures and technology.

2. A REGULATORY OVERVIEW
How medication is regulated in Australia and how it affects your access to topical anaesthetics.
Drug Scheduling of topical anaesthetics and an explanation of what strengths practitioners can use and how they must be ordered.

Learning Objectives: After this session, you will be able to explain:

  • The regulation and scheduling of topical anaesthetics
  • How a practitioner can work with a compounding pharmacist to obtain the appropriate topical anaesthetic for their salon or clinic

3. HOW TOPICAL ANAESTHETICS WORK
Skin Deep: A brief anatomy of the skin with a particular focus on:

  1. Site of action of topical anaesthetics and the effect on different locations of the body
  2. Understanding the effect on mucous membrane, inflammation or damaged skin.

Learning Objective: After this session, you will be able to: Identify different layers of the skin and site of action of topical anaesthetics.

4. PHYSIOLOGY OF NEURONES
The basic structure of a neuron and how topical anaesthetics affect the generation and conduction of nerve signals.

Learning Objective: After this session, you will be able to:

  • How topical anaesthetics prevent generation and conduction of nerve signals
  • The difference between pain threshold and tolerance

5. DIFFERENT TYPES OF ANAESTHETICS
The onset of action of anaesthetics, duration of action and potency. Also the purpose and rationale of combination formulations.

Learning Objective: After this session, you will be able to: Describe the properties of each topical anaesthetic.

6. HOW TOPICAL ANAESTHETICS ARE ABSORBED AND METABOLISED
This section will focus on the safe application of topical anaesthetics:

  • At various sites of the body
  • How to easily calculate how much topical anaesthetic you can safely apply
  • Identifying localised adverse skin reactions
  • Identifying signs of systemic toxicity

Learning Objective: After this session, you will be able to:

  • Describe the metabolic pathway of each topical anaesthetic and identify safety uses
  • Calculate the total amount of anaesthetic in any product and for each treatment application
  • Recognise localised skin reactions to topical anaesthetics
  • Explain and recognise the progression of systemic side effects
  • Know how to deal with these localised reactions and signs of toxicity

7. MEDICATION, SUPPLEMENTS AND MEDICAL CONDITIONS THAT AFFECT THE USE OF TOPICAL ANAESTHETICS
A practical focus in the clinical setting that will address the following:

  • Collecting relevant patient history
  • How to document this history and develop an appropriate action plan
  • Using topical anaesthetic product information in your clinic
  • How to effectively liaise with the Compounding Pharmacist as a member of your team.

Learning Objective: After this session, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of medication and medical conditions that can cause issues with procedures and topical anaesthetics
  • How to integrate this information into clinical procedures and documentation, such as disclosure statements and consent forms.

 

Extra Course Information

The course is presented as a single HD video that you can stream. It is all the material presented in the full day course and has some embedded diagrams in it. This video runs for 2 hours. It can be viewed as many times as needed.

You will get an online manual plus your assessment. The assessment consists of 25 mostly multi-choice questions that assess your understanding of the course material. There is an online email system for you to be able to ask the presenter (Chris Testa) any course-related questions you have. You will be expected to complete the course and submit the assessment in no longer than 6 months.

Under our ARAP program, this course will qualify for sufficient CPD points for your on-going education for a two year period.

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