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Shock States and Hemodynamics (7.75 CE)

Presented by: Cynthia Webner

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Course Description:

Do you find it difficult to fully understand the subtle variations between shock states? Can you recognize the salient features of hypovolemic, cardiogenic, and distributive shock states? Do you know how to use assessment data to understand your patient’s hemodynamic status at any given moment both with and without invasive monitoring?

We understand shock states can sometimes be intimidating to both the novice and the experienced nurse. Understanding hemodynamics and oxygenation is foundational for recognizing and managing shock states. Early recognize of shock states results in early treatment which improves outcomes. This course is designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills you need for the early recognition of shock states. It will enhance your ability to recognize the subtle changes as hemodynamic alterations occur with or without invasive catheters. This course will build your confidence in your skills to recognize these important changes in your patients and improve the outcomes of those patients in your care.

This comprehensive course on shock states and hemodynamic will take you through a step-by-step process in the understanding of hemodynamic data both with and without invasive monitoring. During the course you will learn to systematically evaluate the components of cardiac output with physical assessment data and with data received from an invasive catheter. Obtaining data will be linked to a critical analysis of that data to determine the patient’s hemodynamic status, shock state and to select appropriate therapy to optimize cardiovascular function and tissue perfusion. This class provides a framework for the analysis of hemodynamic data using left ventricular function curves and hemodynamic subsets to determine patient status, select appropriate therapy, and monitor the patient’s response to therapy. Case studies are used to enhance learning.

Course Content:

  • Defining Shock
  • Assessing Delivery of Oxygen to the Tissues
  • Defining Hemodynamic Parameters: Preload, Afterload, Contractility and Heart Rate
  • Noninvasive Evaluation of Hemodynamic Data
  • Invasive Evaluation of Hemodynamic Data
  • Evaluation of Fluid Responsiveness
  • Evaluation of Hypoperfusion verses Hypervolemia
  • Identifying Shock States
  • Applying Dynamic Data to Determine Treatment Strategies
  • Obstructive Shock States

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

  • Correlate physical exam findings with the patient’s hemodynamic profile.
  • Describe safe and accurate nursing practices regarding the pulmonary artery catheter.
  • Discuss noninvasive and dynamic measures of preload.
  • Compare hemodynamic presentations of various shock states.
  • Distinguish unique characteristics of right ventricular failure.
  • Identify options for temporary mechanical circulatory support in the setting of shock.
  • Review the pharmacological vasoactive medications used in treating shock states.

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

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This online course includes 24/7 access to the course videos for 12 months from the time of purchase. The full course handout is available for free download at the time of purchase.

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