Full Course Description
Cardiac and Respiratory Complexities: Quickly Differentiate to Take Rapid Action
- Breakdown the nursing assessment for patients with airway or ventilatory problems.
- Evaluate the pathophysiologic changes that occur causing the signs and symptoms associated with airway or ventilatory problems.
- Determine appropriate interventions for airway or ventilatory problems.
- Inspect the difference between ventilator modes and the use of NPPV.
- Evaluate appropriate treatment strategies for high-risk ECG findings.
- Plan for emerging treatments in heart failure.
- Analyze management options for acute coronary syndromes.
- Communicate the diagnosis, evaluation, and management of inflammatory cardiac disease.
- Do you need a Swan-Ganz?
- Cardiac output
- Cardiac index
- Mean arterial pressure
- Will the real cause of SOB please stand up: Complicating the respiratory diagnosis
- Clinical presentation, signs/symptoms, interventions, management of:
- Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome
- Pulmonary embolism (Air, Fat, Amniotic)
- Acute Respiratory Failure
- Pleural effusions
- Foreign body aspiration
Respiratory Interventions and Medications
- ABGs: Simplifying the numbers
- Chest Tubes: Indications, set-up, troubleshooting
- Capnography: Interpreting what it tells us
- Ventilation and NPPV basics: Modes of ventilation and appropriate uses
- Bradycardic & tachycardic rhythms: Essentials that you need to know
- Is This Patient Having an MI?
- Etiology, Clinical Presentation, ECG changes, Treatment
- Aortic Stenosis
- Heart Failure
- Current best practice recommendations
- Long-term prognosis
Acute Coronary Syndrome
- Unstable Angina
- Differentiating the Three
Cardiac Interventions and Medications
- Vasopressors vs. Inotropes Ace Inhibitors, Beta blockers
- Stabilization & Treatment procedures
- Stents, CABG, LVADS
- What’s Trending? Current trending technology
- Case Presentations & Identify Probable Diagnosis
Cardiac Emergencies: Quickly Recognize Life-Threatening Dysrhythmias & Manage Your Most Unstable Patients
Cardiac rhythm review
- SKILLS: Video presentation
Commonly prescribed medications
- Miscellaneous agents
Myocardial Ischemia – “Time is muscle”
- Cardiac enzymes & diagnostic testing
- Core measures
- Risk assessment tools
- SKILLS: Telemetry monitoring
- EKG lead placement
- Telemetry packs – 3, 5, and 6-leads
- Diagnostic testing
- Core measures
- SKILLS: Oxygen delivery systems
- SKILLS: Prevention of respiratory depression/failure
- Pulse oximetry – how effective is it?
- End-Tidal CO2 monitoring
Monitoring the post-cardiac catheterization patient
- Assessment of cath site
- Monitoring for complications/ hematoma
- SKILLS: Hemostatic devices
- Radial access device (e.g., VascBand®)
- Femoral access device (e.g., FemoStop®)
Trends in patient management
- WATCHMAN® Device
- Left Ventricular Assist Device
- Chest and abdominal drainage systems (e.g., PleurX®)
- Compare and contrast sinus and atrial rhythms.
- Distinguish differences between life-threatening arrhythmias.
- Discriminate between indications for medications prescribed on the post-acute cardiac unit.
- Assess the post-cardiac catheterization patient to identify potential complications.
- Plan appropriate nursing care for the patient with myocardial ischemia.
- Formulate a plan to decrease risk of pressure injuries.
The ABCDs of the Cardiac Medicine Cabinet
- The A’s
- Ace Inhibitors
- Aldosterone Blockers
- The B’s
- The C’s
- The D’s
- Manipulating Cardiac Output
- Select the drug of priority in heart failure patients.
- Specify the heart protective components of beta blockers.
- Analyze the benefits of Factor10A inhibitors and thrombin inhibitors as anticoagulants.
- Evaluate the role of platelets in acute coronary syndrome and the importance of platelet inhibitors reducing the risk of infarct.