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Gastrointestinal Review

Presented by:  Cynthia Webner

Course Description:
The gastrointestinal system often does not get the attention it deserves in the acute care setting. Digestion, nutrition, and immune health all rely on a healthy gut. Many things can go wrong because of critical illness. Disorders of the gastrointestinal tract as well as the accessory organs plague many of your acutely ill patients.

This 2.75-hour prerecorded video presentation will take you on a journey that reviews some of the most common disorders seen in the acute care environment and some not so common. From the simple to the complex, we will discuss how to recognize when the GI system is being negatively impacted and how best to move forward in those situations. During this program Cindy will bring clarity to concepts as you develop expertise and gain confidence in your care of patients with gastrointestinal disorders.

Course Objectives

  1. Discuss clinical findings of abdominal compartment including utilization of intraabdominal pressure monitoring.
  2. Recognize clinical manifestations of an acute abdomen.
  3. Differentiate presentations of intestinal perforation, intestinal ischemia, and bowel obstruction.
  4. Examine strategies used to support nutritional supplementation in the acute care environment.
  5. Compare route of transmission, incubation period, and treatment strategies for Hepatitis A, B, and C
  6. Examine clinical finding associated chronic and acute liver failure.
  7. Describe the treatment strategies for the patient with acute pancreatitis.

Course Content:    

  1. Course Introduction
  2. Diabetic Gastroparesis
  3. GERD
  4. Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  5. Intraabdominal Compartment Syndrome
    1. Intraabdominal Pressure Monitoring
  6. The Acute Abdomen
    1. Intestinal Perforation
      1. GI Hemorrhage
      2. Ulcers
      3. Esophageal Varices
    2. Intestinal Ischemia
      1. Mesenteric Ischemia
      2. Colonic Ischemia
    3. Intestinal Obstruction
  7. GI Surgeries
    1. Postoperative Ileus
  8. Malnutrition in Acute Care
    1. Definition
    2. Management
    3. Enteral Nutrition
    4. Parental Nutrition
  9. Liver Disorders
    1. Normal Function
    2. Hepatic Circulation
    3. Hepatitis
    4. Hepatic Cirrhosis
    5. Acute Liver Failure
    6. Hepatic Encephalopathy
    7. Hepatorenal Syndrome
    8. Portal Hypertension
    9. Laboratory Findings
    10. Treatment Strategies
  10. Pancreatitis
    1. Etiology
    2. Presentation
    3. Diagnosis
    4. Treatment

Continuing Education:    
2.75 hours of continuing education (contact hours) will be offered with this program. CNEA is a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, provider number 15714.

Online classes are available for 12 month access.

Course Price:
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