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Digital Seminar

Advanced Critical Care Nursing Symposium Day 2: Critical Skills for Managing Complex Patients

Dr. Paul Langlois
Full Day
Audio and Video
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Nov 03, 2015
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Take your practice to the next level with cutting-edge strategies for the most challenging & complex patients

Working in the rapidly changing critical care setting, you need to be, up to date on the most current and cutting-edge strategies and interventions to care for these high acuity patients. Get the latest and greatest in this exciting and engaging conference, where expert, Dr. Paul Langlois, APN, PhD, CCRN, CCNS, CNRN, will challenge you to take your knowledge to the next level. He will discuss the most common, yet most challenging cases, that critical care nurses are working with each day:

  • Heart Failure
  • Pneumonia
  • ARDS
  • Ischemic & Hemorrhagic Stroke
  • Renal Failure
  • Multi-system Failure

Attend this comprehensive program and leave with practical, immediately applicable strategies to gain better patient outcomes and enhance your expertise. Don’t miss this opportunity to network with your peers, learn from an expert in the field, and leave with a renewed commitment to achieving excellence in critical care nursing.




NOTE: Tuition includes one free CE Certificate (participant will be able to print the certificate of completion after completing and passing the on-line post-test evaluation). 

Continuing Education Information:  Listed below are the continuing education credit(s) currently available for this non-interactive self-study package. Please note, your state licensing board dictates whether self-study is 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.  

The planning committee and staff who controlled the content of this activity have no relevant financial relationships to disclose. For speaker disclosures, please see speaker bios.

California Nurses

PESI, Inc. is a provider approved by the California Board of  Registered Nursing, Provider #: 17118 for 6.0 self-study contact hours. 

** You will need to provide your license number to PESI. PESI must have this number on file in order for your hours to be valid.

Florida Nurses

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider by the Florida Board of  Nursing. Provider #: FBN2858. These materials qualify for 6.0 self-study contact hours.

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Iowa Nurses

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider by the Iowa Board of Nursing. Provider #: 346. Nurses successfully completing these self-study materials will earn 7.6 self-study contact hours. Please email with your license number, include the title, speaker name and date. PESI must have this number on file in order for your hours to be valid.

Other Professions

This self-study activity qualifies for 6.25 continuing education clock hours 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.



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Dr. Paul Langlois, APN, Ph.D., CCRN, CCNS, CNRN, is a critical care clinical specialist in the Surgical, Medical, Neurologic, Burn, CCU and Trauma ICUs of Cook County Hospital, Chicago. Drawing on over 30 years of experience assessing and managing patients with life-threatening diseases, Dr. Langlois provides advanced-level training to nurses, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and physicians.

Dr. Langlois is committed to providing the highest quality of care to patients through advanced education. His presentations are evidence-based, timely and provide participants with case studies to facilitate critical thinking. As a bedside clinical nurse specialist, he has developed several institution-wide protocols for the multidisciplinary assessment and management of the cardiac, neurologic, septic, and multi-system organ failure patient.

His presentations are enthusiastically delivered and offer practical tips that help make the most challenging concepts easy to understand. Linking knowledge to clinical practice is the goal of every educational program.


Financial: Paul Langlois has an employment relationship with Cook County Hospital. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.


Non-financial: Paul Langlois has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.

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Case Study: The patient admitted with Pneumonia currently on a Ventilator

  • Diagnosis
    • Community vs. Hospital Acquired
  • Physical Assessment Findings
  • Interpreting the Chest X-ray
  • Gram Stain vs. Culture & Sensitivity
  • Typical Bacteria Causing Pneumonia
  • Antibiotics
    • Top Choice for Empiric Antibiotics
    • What is an Antibiogram?
    • When to Switch from Empiric to Narrow-Spectrum Antibiotics
  • Blood Gas Analysis
  • Four Criteria for Ventilator Associated Pneumonia
  • Modes of Mechanical Ventilation
    • Intubation Criteria
    • SIMV, AC, Bi-level, CPAP, NIPPV

Case Study: The patient admitted with Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS)

  • Diagnosis by Berlin Definition
  • Pain Medications
  • Sedating Medications
  • Neuromuscular Blocking Agents
  • Prone Positioning

Case Study: Ischemic an Hemorrhagic Stroke

  • Diagnosis: Ischemic & Hemorrhagic
    • FAST Assessment
  • Interpreting the CT Scan, MRI & Brain Angiography
  • Implications of Transient Ischemic Attack
  • Stroke vs. Bell’s Palsy
  • Critical Labs
  • Blood Pressure Control: How & When
    • Labetalol
    • Nicardipine
    • Metroprolol
  • Intra-Arterial Thrombolysis
  • Mechanical Thromboectomy
  • Aneurysm Clipping vs. Coiling
    • Risks & Benefits
  • Administering TPA for Ischemic Stroke
  • Intracranial Pressure Monitoring
    • Intraparenchymal Catheter
    • External Ventricular Drain
    • Interpreting Ventricular Waveforms

Case Study: The patient admitted in Renal Failure

  • Diagnosis
    • Laboratory Values:
      • BUN
      • Creatinine, Creatinine Clearance
      • Electrolyte Alterations
    • Physical Assessment Findings
  • Modes of Dialysis
  • Indications & Contraindications
  • Venous Access: Location is a Priority
  • Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy
  • Intermittent Dialysis

Case Study: The patient admitted with Multi-System Failure

  • Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (SIRS)
  • Sepsis
    • Guidelines from the Society of Critical Care Medicine
  • Septic Shock
  • Fluid Resuscitation
    • Which Fluids
    • How Much & How Quickly
  • Antibiotic Pharmacology for Infections
  • What to Start First
  • Six Vasopressors to Consider
    • Phenylephrine
    • Norepinephrine
    • Epinephrine
    • Dopamine
    • Dobutamine
    • Vasopressin
  • Bleeding Alterations with Multi-Organ Failure
    • Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation (DIC)
      • Diagnosis
      • Treatment



  • Examine emerging technologies and identify indications for use, benefits and potential risks, as well as appropriate and safe utilization.
  • Investigate current clinical guidelines and management strategies for critical care problems including; SIRS, sepsis and septic shock.
  • Describe patients in various stages of sepsis, measures of early fluid resuscitation points and discuss early evidence-based therapy.
  • Discriminate between the treatments for ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke.
  • Recognize dangerous drug-drug interactions of medications used in treating critical conditions.
  • Distinguish the best pharmacologic methods to achieve blood pressure control for patients with ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke.


Target Audience

Nurses, and other Healthcare Professionals



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