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WOCN Continuing Education

The Role of the Microbiome in Illness: We Can Change the World!

Feb 27, 2019 10:00am ‐ Feb 27, 2019 10:00am

Expiration Date: Feb 27, 2021

Credits: None available.

Standard: $25.00
Members: $0.00


Credits (Post Test and/or Evaluation Required)
Contact Hours: 0.97
Pharmacology Hours: 0.28
Release Date: 2/27/2019
Expiration Date: 2/27/2021

Credit Information:
Nurses – ANCC and CBRN Accreditation Statements

The Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

The Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 15115.

DISCLAIMER: Accreditation refers to educational content only and does not imply ANCC, CBRN or WOCN Society endorsement of any commercial product or service.

Target Audience:
RN, Nurse Practitioners, Health Care Professionals who work with WOC patients.

To Receive Credit:

  1. Complete the activity in its entirety.
  2. Complete/submit the posttest and evaluation.
  3. Receive a passing score of 70% or more to receive credit.
  4. Print out your certificate and/or save to your computer. It will also be saved to your CEC account.

Program Overview:
One of the most exciting scientific advances in recent years has been the realization that commensal microorganisms (our microbiome) play key roles in our physiology, including protection against infection, in drug metabolism, vitamin synthesis, nutrition, as well as in response to disease. A surprising finding is that disruption of the homeostasis of the microbiota, known as ‘dysbiosis,’ may be as vital as host genetics in the development of a range of diseases, such as inflammatory bowel disease, obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. This suggests that it may be possible to monitor, prevent, or even cure human disease through regulating the human microbiota. Recent advances in culture-independent microbiome DNA sequencing methods, even in just the last few years, have resulted in an unprecedented growth in our understanding of this vital and dynamic organ. The medical community has put a large emphasis in the eradication of microbial life, and in many cases for good reason. But, perhaps, we should instead consider how to preserve or reestablish a ‘health-promoting’ microbiome during and after critical illness through targeted interventions, such as probiotics, prebiotics, fecal transplants, and or even synthetic ‘stool pills’ to improve outcome in many illnesses This session will introduce the new, exciting, and "sexy" field of the microbiome and how it relates to making up who we are as humans in health and disease.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the key role of the microbiome in who we are as humans in health and disease and how the microbiome can be modified to improve health and prevent illness.

The planners and faculty for this program have nothing to disclose unless listed below. All potential Conflicts of Interest have been reviewed by the Lead Nurse Planner, Nurse Planner, and Director of Education, and resolved according to the WOCN Society policy to ensure that no bias exists as a result of disclosed relevant financial relationships with Commercial Interest Organizations.

  • Paul Wischmeyer, MD: Abbott - Research Grant Funding to Duke University for clinical trial of prebiotic formula in illness to improve gut microbiome health

Commercial Support or Non-Commercial Sponsorship:
There is no commercial support or non-commercial sponsorship for this activity.


  • Paul Wischmeyer, MD, Professor of Anesthesiology and Surgery, Duke University School of Medicine
Category: Continence


  • 0.97 - Contact Hours
  • 0.28 - Pharmacology

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