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Digital Seminar

Cardiac Medication Essentials: 2016 Critical Care Nursing Conference

Paul Langlois, APN, PhD, CCRN, CCNS
6 Hours 55 Minutes
Audio and Video
Apr 12, 2016
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Watch Dr. Paul Langlois, APN, PHD, CCRN, CCNS, CNRN, for an insightful and practical day focused on the common types of cardiac disorders that professionals like you see in your practice, and the medications currently used to treat them. Paul will provide you with cutting-edge information regarding the selection of particular cardiac medications, the desired outcomes, potential side effects and drug interactions. Don’t miss this opportunity to keep pace with the ever-changing field of cardiac care and, through the information gained in this seminar, reduce the risk of potential adverse consequences for your patients!

  • Antiarrhythmic Agents
  • Anticoagulants
  • Metabolic Syndrome
  • Dyslipidemia
  • CHF
  • Stroke
  • Antihypertensive Therapy
  • Dangerous Interactions



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NOTE: Tuition includes one free CE Certificate (participant will be able to print the certificate of completion after completing the on-line post-test (80% passing score) and completing the evaluation). 

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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.  

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Paul Langlois, APN, PhD, CCRN, CCNS's Profile

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Paul Langlois, APN, PhD, CCRN, CCNS, is a critical care clinical specialist in the surgical, medical, neurologic, burn, CCU, and trauma ICUs of Cook County Hospital, Chicago. Drawing on over 40 years of experience assessing and managing patients with life-threatening diseases, Dr. Langlois provides advanced-level training to nurses, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, respiratory therapists, 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 numerous 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 infectious disease and multi-system organ failure patients.

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


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Paul Langlois has employment relationships with Cook County Hospital and Emergency Care Consultants. He receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Paul Langlois is a member of the American Nurses Association and the American Association of Critical Care Nurses.

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Cardiac Hemodynamics: Beyond Blood Pressure and Heart Rate

  • Preload
  • Afterload
  • Contractility
  • Normal and abnormal electrocardiographic tracings

Antiarrhythmic Agents: Avoid the 3 Most Common Mistakes

  • Class I agents (sodium channel blockers)
  • Class II agents (beta-blockers)
  • Class III agents (potassium channel blockers)
  • Class IV agents (calcium channel blockers)
  • AHA/ACC Anticoagulant Administration Guidelines
  • Nitrates
  • Aspirin
  • Morphine sulfate
  • Beta blockers
  • Fibrinolytic agents
  • Antiplatelet agents
  • Anticoagulants
  • ACE inhibitors
  • Angiotensin receptor blockers (ARB)

Stroke Patients: Avoid 4 Common Medication Errors

  • Ischemic
  • Hypertension: Labetalol, Nitropaste, Nicardipine
  • Hypotension: Crystalloid, Dopamine
  • Thrombolytic agents
  • Antiepileptic medications
  • Dabigatran
  • Hemorrhagic
  • Correct coagulation abnormalities
  • Glucose management
  • Blood pressure control
  • Antiepileptic medications

Metabolic Syndrome and Dyslipidemia Patients: Medications that Should NOT Be Administered Together

  • NCEP ATPIII guidelines
  • Lipid modifying medications
  • Statins
  • Fibrates
  • Resins
  • Niacin
  • Blood glucose control
  • Insulin
  • Oral agents

Congestive Heart Failure: Medications to Start and Avoid Based Upon Patient Presentation Digoxin

  • Nesiritide
  • Diuretics
  • ACE inhibitors
  • ARB
  • Aldosterone antagonists
  • Beta-blockers

WARNING: What the Antihypertensive Therapy Guidelines Do Not Specify

  • Diuretics
  • Loop
  • Thiazide
  • Potassium-sparing
  • ACE inhibitors
  • ARB
  • Beta-blockers
  • Calcium channel blockers
  • Alpha blocking agents
  • Vasodilators
  • Lifestyle modifications



  1. Describe the four classes of cardiac medications and their effects on the function of the cardiac cycle.
  2. Explain the effects that each class of cardiac medications has on the cardiac cycle.
  3. Identify the classes of medications used to treat acute coronary syndrome.
  4. Discriminate between the treatments for ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke.
  5. Explain the benefits of medications used to treat metabolic syndrome and dyslipidemia.
  6. Analyze the benefits and risks of medications used to treat heart failure.
  7. Define the criteria used to initiate antihypertensive medications after lifestyle modifications have been employed.
  8. Recognize dangerous drug-drug interactions of cardiac and non-cardiac medications.


Target Audience

Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Other


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