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Antiarrhythmic Pharmacology

Antiarrhythmic Pharmacology: Enhancing Your Clinical Decision Making

Presented by: Karen Marzlin

Course Description:

Antiarrhythmic agents are used in the emergent and long-term management of atrial and ventricular arrhythmias. These high-risk medications carry a potential for the development of life-threatening arrhythmias due to their powerful impact on the action potential. For this reason, these agents require a high level of clinical knowledge for effective prescribing, administration, patient counseling, and evaluation.  During this session, Karen will enhance your understanding of these medications by using the link between the cardiac action potential and the drug mechanism of action, to provide a physiological framework. Antiarrhythmic medications used in the treatment of atrial, ventricular, and other cardiac arrhythmias will be included in this program. Agents are discussed by classification with characteristics and nursing implications of specific agents highlighted. Clinical decision making is guided by algorithm, based on patient and drug specific features. The results of recent clinical trials for newer antiarrhythmic agents are integrated into the discussion of literature. Evidence from the American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association, and Heart Rhythm Society for the management of supraventricular, atrial, and ventricular arrhythmias serve as the foundation for clinical recommendations. Join Karen as she simplifies complex medications in a manner that will aid you in clinical decision making when it comes to antiarrhythmic medications. From the novice APRN to the most experienced there is something for everyone to learn.

This class is a recording of a live Zoom webinar July 2020.  Customers may purchase a video or audio only version of the recording.  A pdf of course materials is included with either purchase option.

Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  1. Correlate the action of antiarrhythmic agents with their effect on the action potential.
  2. Discuss the role of antiarrhythmic agents in the management of atrial, ventricular, and other cardiac arrhythmias.
  3. Describe key considerations in prescribing, administering, and evaluating the effect of antiarrhythmic medications.

Continuing Education:
2.13 hours of continuing education (contact hours) are offered with this program, which includes 2.13 hour of pharmacology CE applicable to APRN practice. CNEA is a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, provider number 15714.

Online classes are available for 12 month access.

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