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May 10, 2021 | 4:00pm - 5:30pm MDT

Identifying Medical Complications in Patients with an Eating Disorder and the Appropriate Level of Care

1.5 CE/CME/CNE Credit Hours
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This presentation reviews the etiology and epidemiology of eating disorders as well as the different types of eating disorders and common medical complications associated with them. This presentation will also review how the medical provider can screen for eating disorders and the workup that should be done. Finally, the presentation will review the levels of care for the treatment of eating disorders and how to identify which level of care the patient needs.

Following this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify red flags during an initial assessment that could indicate an eating disorder is present. 
  2. Apply non-judgmental approaches to screening for eating disorder patients including body-positive techniques when taking orthostatic vitals: weight, blood pressure and heart rate.
  3. Describe how to use growth charts as a tool to determine IBW/EBW.
  4. Assess the current condition of a patient and the necessary level of care for treatment as outlined by the American Psychiatric Association. 
  5. Identify key members of a treatment team and how they work together to provide an evidence-based system of care with best possible outcomes. 
  6. Explain identifiers for ARFID and BED and distinguish the best course of treatment for these often misunderstood and undertreated eating disorders. 

ACUTE Earns Prestigious Center of Excellence Designation from Anthem
In 2018, the ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders & Severe Malnutrition at Denver Health was honored by Anthem Health as a Center of Excellence for Medical Treatment of Severe and Extreme Eating Disorders. ACUTE is the first medical unit ever to achieve this designation in the field of eating disorders. It comes after a rigorous review process.

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