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3-Day: Rapid Response Certification Conference: Critical Next Steps for the Deteriorating Patient

Sean G. Smith, MSc, FP-C, C-NPT, CEN, CFRN, CTRN, TCRN, CPEN, CCRN-CMC (Adult), CCRN-K (Neonatal), CCRN-K (Pediatric)
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Normal Price:      $699.99 - Now:  $99.99 - Exclusive offer when combined with this live training.
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You know that pit in your stomach feeling when your patient is about to take a turn for the worse. It all happens so quickly! Soon you are calling for the rapid response team to provide some back-up. Those minutes feel long until others arrive to lend a clinical hand.

Join Sean G. Smith MSc, FP-C, C-NPT, CEN, CFRN, CPEN, CCRN-CMC (Adult), CCRN-K (Pediatric), to go beyond advanced life support courses and gain next-level knowledge to stabilize the emergent patient - both safely and successfully.

What you can expect:

  • Update on the latest clinical practice guidelines
  • Master medication updates with up to 3 hours of pharmacology CE hours
  • 6+ hours of the BEST resuscitation and stabilization strategies
  • Protect yourself! Includes 2 hours of legal/malpractice risk reduction tips
  • Anticipate impending changes in your patients to intervene quickly
  • Reinforcement through exciting and real! – patient cases

Few patients are more terrifying or difficult than the rapid response patient. This event will deliver new clinical problem-solving skills, so you will be confident and competent!


Planning Committee Disclosure - No relevant relationships

All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.

* Credit Note - *

NOTE: Each purchase includes CE credit for one individual (participants in full attendance will be able to print the certificate of completion after passing the online post-test (80% passing score) and completing the evaluation). Instructional methods will include PowerPoint, didactic lecture, Q&A, and others.

Continuing Education Information: Credits listed below are for full attendance at the live, interactive webinar only. This webinar is being broadcast live in real-time and must be attended live, in its entirety, in order to earn credit. You will be able to type questions to the speaker. The speaker will see the questions and address them during the presentation as time allows. Please note, your state licensing board dictates whether web-based activities are an acceptable form of continuing education. Please refer to your state rules and regulations. If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval. For other credit inquiries not specified below, please contact or 800-844-8260 before the event.

Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of your profession.  As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your profession's standards.

For Planning Committee disclosures, please see below.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.

* Credit Note - ---

Earn up to 19.0 CE hours. Please see below, for more details, as credit amounts vary by state and profession. 

Pharmacology Nurse Practitioners

This program offers 180 instructional minutes of pharmacology content which is designed to qualify for 3.0 contact hours toward your pharmacology requirement to receive credit. It is your responsibility to submit your certificate of successful completion and a copy of the seminar brochure to your licensing board. 

Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Clinical Nurse Specialists

PESI, Inc. is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Nurses in full attendance will earn 19.0 contact hours. Partial contact hours will be awarded for partial attendance.

California Nurses

PESI, Inc. is a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 17118 for 19.0 contact hours. Full attendance is required. No partial contact hours will be issued for partial attendance. 

Florida Nurses

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the Florida Board of Nursing, Provider # FBN2858. This course qualifies for 19.0 contact hours. 

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Iowa Nurses

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider by the Iowa Board of Nursing. Provider #: 346. Full attendance at this activity qualifies for 19.0 contact hours. Full attendance in the activity is required; no partial contact hours will be issued for partial attendance. These contact hours are used for your license renewal. Please email with your license number, include the webcast title, speaker name and date. PESI must have this number on file in order for your hours to be valid for the webcast.

Physician Assistants

AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME such as PESI. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 19.0 hours for completing this program.

PESI, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. PESI, Inc. designates this live activity for a maximum of 19.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.


PESI, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

PESI, Inc. designates this live activity for a maximum of 19.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Other Professions

This activity qualifies for 1140 continuing education minutes as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your activity advertisement and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements. 



Sean G. Smith, MSc, FP-C, C-NPT, CEN, CFRN, CTRN, TCRN, CPEN, CCRN-CMC (Adult), CCRN-K (Neonatal), CCRN-K (Pediatric)'s Profile

Sean G. Smith, MSc, FP-C, C-NPT, CEN, CFRN, CTRN, TCRN, CPEN, CCRN-CMC (Adult), CCRN-K (Neonatal), CCRN-K (Pediatric) Related seminars and products

Sean G. Smith, MSc, FP-C, C-NPT, CEN, CFRN, CTRN, TCRN, CPEN, CCRN-CMC (Adult), CCRN-K (Neonatal), CCRN-K (Pediatric), is a humanitarian/flight nurse-paramedic who is triple board-certified in neonatal, pediatric, and adult critical care and emergency medicine. He brings 30+ years of education and team/leadership experience to his presentations from a career that includes global health, tropical medicine, research molecular neuroendocrinology, nuclear engineering technology, US Navy aviation/NASA manned space flight support, and high-performance teams/high-yield pedagogy, dozens of national/international conference presentations and various awards and honors. Author/co-author/review credits include a best-selling laboratory medicine textbook, a chapter on shock in Nursing Core Curriculum a section in the newly released Resuscitation Crisis Manual, numerous other industry-standard textbooks, and several professional association critical care/emergency medicine curriculums and board certification review courses (AACN, ANN, ENA, SCCM, etc.). Additionally, Sean routinely consults on clinical, legal, and certification matters for numerous high-profile hospital systems (Yale, Mayo, etc.). He holds an MSc in Pharmacy/Forensic Science, bachelor’s degrees in business administration, nursing, and molecular biology, and post graduate certificates in Forensic Death Investigation, Legal Consulting, and Tropical Medicine. In addition to being active in a number of professional associations (SCCM, AACN, WADEM, etc.), Sean is a life member of Mensa, The Emergency Nurses Association, and the Air Surface Transport Nurses Association. He has served on the executive committees and in various leadership roles of numerous charities and professional associations and has led/participated in 50+ medical missions (Dominican Republic, Honduras, Morocco, Liberia, Nepal, Iraq, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Haiti). Sean served as a clinician and educator during the largest Ebola and Cholera outbreaks in recent history and is currently active in building sustainable neonatal-pediatric cardiac critical care capacity in Iraq, as well as serving as part of a national-level multidisciplinary child sexual assault forensics team in Guyana, South America. Hobbies include Scuba diving and vintage science kits, tube amplifiers, and motorcycles.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Sean Smith is an independent contractor. He receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Sean Smith is a member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, the Emergency Nurses Association, and the Society for Critical Care Medicine.

Additional Info

Access Period for Live Webcast

For live CE credit, you must watch the live webcast in its entirety at its scheduled time and complete the CE quiz and evaluation within one week. You will have access for 90 days after the program for review.

Webcast Schedule

Please note: Each day there will be a lunch and two 15-minute breaks; one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Lunch and break times will be announced by the speaker and at their discretion. A more detailed schedule is available upon request.


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  1. Develop a proactive high performance rapid response team approach to respond to deteriorating patients.
  2. Apply psychological safety during rapid response situations.
  3. Evaluate rapid advanced assessment concepts with respect to the patient experiencing a life-threatening emergency.
  4. Identify determinants of cerebral and end organ perfusion.
  5. Analyze the essential determinants of cardiac output.
  6. Understand how reversible causes impact cardiac output and can exacerbate patient deterioration.
  7. Choose the best interventions for rapid stabilization of the generalized deteriorating patient.
  8. Apply best practice assessment and interventional approaches for a variety of emergent cardiac scenarios.
  9. Select the best practice rapid assessment and interventional approaches for critical respiratory patients.
  10. Identify current challenges relative to your specific practice environment and patient populations.
  11. Learn mental strategies necessary for success, self-care, and process improvement when treating critically ill patients.
  12. Incorporate pharmacological interventions into your current clinical practice with respect to the pre, peri, and post arrest management of the medically fragile patient.
  13. Determine documentation strategies for high risk, rapid response patient scenarios.
  14. Apply advanced laboratory medicine concepts with respect to the at risk patients you care for.
  15. Recognize subtle synergistic warning signs of the ‘perfect storm’ patient.
  16. Identify evidence-based practices to reduce sepsis risk. 
  17. Outline evidence-based practices for treatment of the patient with sepsis. 
  18. Apply up-to-date guidelines for assessment and intervention of the patient in shock (hypovolemic, distributive, obstructive, and cardiogenic).


High Performance Resuscitation Teams During a Rapid Response

  • Physical and psychological components
  • Skills maintenance strategies
  • Real world application
  • 2023 AHA Guidelines for CPR and Emergency Cardiovascular Care

Worst Case Scenarios & Proactive Planning

  • Mental strategies for success
  • Failure to rescue and how to avoid it 
  • Proactive risk assessments
  • Lab test clues that a crisis is looming
  • Clear, coherent communication of high-risk information
  • Comprehensive management of the crashing patient: Before, during & after the code 

Crucial Patient Assessments & Interventions

  • Anticipate needs of high-risk populations (neuro, cardiac, respiratory, endocrine, oncologic)
  • Incorporate rapid assessment techniques and ask the critical questions
  • Identify subtle changes and time sensitive issues of the rapid response patient
  • Explore altered mental status causes 
  • Prioritize critical lifesaving Interventions

Pharmacological Guidelines for Emergent Patient Scenarios

  • Current medication management guidelines for emergency situations
  • Pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic considerations in the rapid response patient
  • Pharmacologic pearls and pitfalls in medically fragile patients

Rapid Cardiac Assessment and Stabilization During Cardiac Emergencies

  • Identify determinants of cardiac output and end organ perfusion
  • Current interventions for reversible causes of cardiac emergencies
  • Rapidly assess and treat concomitant reversible causes contributing to decreased cardiac output
  • Rate control vs. rhythm control
  • Detect first signs of life-threatening EKG changes

Optimize Response in Respiratory Distress and Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation

  • Apply best practice methods to assess oxygenation and ventilation (Sao2, ETCO2, ABGs…)
  • Critical thinking strategies for ABG analysis 
  • Identify oxygen delivery devices and their relative rates of delivering oxygen
  • Must have components of high-quality CPR 
  • Resuscitation does not end with return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC)

High-Performance Resuscitation Teams for Patients in Shock States

  • Hypovolemic 
  • Distributive
  • Obstructive
  • Cardiogenic 
  • Pathology > differential diagnosis > treatment

High Performance Resuscitation Teams in Sepsis

  • Evidence-based practices to prevent sepsis
  • Rapid assessment and stabilization of the septic patient
  • Quick treatment strategies for septic distributive shock

Protect Yourself & Your License

  • Potential pitfalls: Delegation, scope of practice, EMTALA, etc.
  • Rapid risk assessment and analysis
  • Limit liability with defensible documentation 
  • Ethical considerations

Target Audience

  • Nurses
  • NPs/APRNs
  • Physicians
  • Physician Assistants
  • Pharmacists
  • Paramedics
  • Respiratory Therapists
  • Anyone desiring next level skills to proactively assess and intervene for the crashing critically ill patient!


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