This instructional course has been designed to provide relevant information to healthcare clinicians regarding gout. Patients with gout may present in any healthcare setting. The nurse may be involved in obtaining a medical history, performing diagnostic procedures, providing patient education and/or medication administration to treat the disease. All clinicians involved in caring for patients receiving uric acid-lowering medications need a working knowledge of the diagnosis for which they are given, side effects of the drugs, appropriate interventions, and the psychological implications of having this disease and the treatments used to control it.
This course includes information about an intravenously administered medication. State Boards of Nursing have varying positions on the role of the LPN/LVN in the administration of infusion therapy. A link to each state board of nursing is listed on the Pedagogy website. Competency requirements are obtained and maintained through the nurse’s employer, facility or institution.
Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:
- Explain the role of uric acid in gout
- Describe the 4 stages of gout
- Discuss treatments for gout, including lifestyle modifications, medications used for
acute attack symptom relief, and uric acid-lowering drugs
Chapter 1: Introduction
- Scope of the Issue
- Risk Factors
Chapter 2: Description of the Disease
- Stages of the Disease
Chapter 3: Diagnosis
Chapter 4: Treatment
- Uric Acid Lowering Therapy
Chapter 5: References