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Multiple Sclerosis: Disease Overview for Emergency Department Providers




A new study funded by the National MS Society has confirmed that nearly one million people are living with MS in the United States, more than twice the original estimate from a previous study.  Most care for patients with MS is managed as an outpatient.  However, patients will occasionally go to an emergency department for assessment and management of neurologic or non-neurologic problems.  It is important for the care providers in emergency settings to be familiar with MS to be able to determine whether the presenting problem may be directly due to the patient’s underlying MS.  In addition, it is well-established that baseline neurologic deficits may worsen in the setting of certain stressors, such as trauma or infection, and it is important for emergency center personnel to be aware of this and be able to initiate appropriate evaluation for such contributors to these pseudo-exacerbations (pseudo-relapse). 
This CME activity was created by the National MS Society’s South-Central Healthcare Provider Council, and it is the consensus of the Council and recent research, that the care of patients with MS in emergency settings is not ideal and could be improved through education. The CME activity will be a video webinar presentation for physicians and other medical personnel who may encounter MS patients in an emergency center setting.  This will allow on-demand completion by many providers.
Joint Providership:
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the New Mexico Medical Society (NMMS) through the joint Providership of Comagine Health, formerly HealthInsight New Mexico and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.  Comagine Health, formerly HealthInsight New Mexico is accredited by NMMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Comagine Health, formerly HealthInsight New Mexico designates this [Enduring Materials] for a maximum of [1.0] AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
To review the Free CME Activity: download the webinar recording (MP4 file)

To obtain your CME certificate, please utilize the following link to complete your post-test. If you have not registered, you must do so before you will receive your certificate.

Need technical support to receive your CME Certificate
please contact Edy Taylor, CME coordinator:
(505) 998-9760 or



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