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You’re caring for a stable patient when suddenly she develops tachycardia and hypotension as well as complaints of pain. All are symptoms consistent with acute coronary syndrome, early shock, aortic dissection, tamponade, and various arrhythmias. Which is it?! Acute patient changes require quick assessment and rapid action.
With a thorough understanding of cardiac anatomy and physiology, you can utilize your knowledge in identifying presenting and evolving symptoms, as well as knowing potential risk factors for common pathologies. Fascinating case studies will be used to assist in making the right decisions. This knowledge will allow you to react appropriately and not panic, returning to work with the ability to more quickly determine a differential diagnosis and best prepare patients and families on the expected interventions and course of treatment.
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Tom F. Gutchewsky, ACNP, RN, CCRN, is certified as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and currently practices as an Advanced Practice Nurse in Cardiac Surgery working outside of Chicago with a cardiac surgery group that performs over 2000 procedures annually, including left ventricular assist devices and heart transplantation. He has over 20 years of bedside experience, having worked in the Cardiac ICU, the Surgical ICU, and as the APN for Cardiac Surgery. Tom has been a nurse practitioner for over 18 years, primarily with open heart surgery, also assisting in the operating room and has worked with Cardiology, EP, and interventional radiology. He precepts nurse practitioner students in the open heart ICU and has previously taught undergraduate nursing students.
Financial: Thomas Gutchewsky has an employment relationship with Palos Hospital. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Nonfinancial: Thomas Gutchewsky has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
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