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Cardiac Emergencies Quickly Recognize Life-Threatening Dysrhythmias & Manage Your Most Unstable Patients from Marcia Gamaly

Faculty:Marcia Gamaly

Duration:Full Day | Format:Audio and Video

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Cardiac rhythm review

  • Sinus
  • Atrial
  • Junctional
  • Ventricular
  • Blocks
  • SKILLS: Video presentation
    • Cardioversion
    • Pacing
    • Defibrillation

Commonly prescribed medications

  • Anticoagulants
  • Vasodilators
  • Antiarrythmics
  • Vasopressors
  • Inotropics
  • Miscellaneous agents

Myocardial Ischemia – “Time is muscle”

  • Pathophysiology
  • Cardiac enzymes & diagnostic testing
  • Core measures
  • Risk assessment tools
  • Treatment/interventions
  • SKILLS: Telemetry monitoring
  • EKG lead placement
  • Telemetry packs – 3, 5, and 6-leads

Heart failure

  • Pathophysiology
  • Diagnostic testing
  • Core measures
  • Treatment/interventions
  • SKILLS: Oxygen delivery systems
    • Nasal cannula to CPAP
  • SKILLS: Prevention of respiratory depression/failure
    • Pulse oximetry – how effective is it?
    • End-Tidal CO2 monitoring

Monitoring the post-cardiac catheterization patient

  • Assessment of cath site
  • Monitoring for complications/ hematoma
  • SKILLS: Hemostatic devices
    • Radial access device (e.g., VascBand®)
    • Femoral access device (e.g., FemoStop®)

Trends in patient management

  • Life-Vest
  • WATCHMAN® Device
  • Left Ventricular Assist Device
  • Chest and abdominal drainage systems (e.g., PleurX®)

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  • Accurately interpret cardiac rhythms
  • Compare novel anticoagulant therapies for prevention of thromboembolism
  • Drug titration: What is important to know?
  • Post-catheterization complications: Be ready to intervene!
  • Sharpen care of the patient with myocardial ischemia
  • TIMI, HEART & ASCVD: What’s the difference?
  • Improve management of your septic patient
  • Master skills required for today’s telemetry/postacute cardiac nurse

Managing complex cardiac patients can be challenging for even experienced nurses in today’s outcome- and technology-driven cardiology world. Are you familiar with the core measures frequently monitored on your unit? Are you confident in your ability to care for a patient who has a wearable defibrillator? Are you comfortable in your ability to titrate and wean oxygen? Can you apply restraints to a patient on CPAP? Do you hesitate on the steps necessary to cardiovert or defibrillate your unstable patient? You will leave this training with improved rhythm interpretation skills, the ability to quickly recognize life-threatening dysrhythmias and confidence to manage your unstable cardiac patients!