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Critical Care Nuts & Bolts 1st Edition

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Continuing Education |  Critical Care |  Emergency |  Bookstore |  DVD-ROM
Course Levels:
Intermediate to Advanced
939 Minutes
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Program Description
The purpose of this program is to provide a basic overview of common complications encountered in the critical care environment. We will discuss clinical assessment findings, as well as various etiologies that contribute to these. This course will discuss the spectrum of chest pain, causes, and treatment. We will provide an in-depth review of Acute Coronary Syndromes, recognition of ischemia vs. infarction, as well as treatment modalities for each. We will also review the various types of heart failure, differentiating between systolic and diastolic dysfunction, as well as treatment recommendations. As the number of patients diagnosed with heart failure continues to rise, we will also see an increase in comorbidities with our patients. Increased recognition and awareness of the pathophysiological processes are essential in providing safe, comprehensive care in today’s healthcare environment.

This course will also discuss pulmonary assessment skills, as well as a thorough review of arterial blood gas analysis and interpretation. Renal failure will also be reviewed; discussing the incidence and causes of both acute and chronic renal failure. We will end the course with a review of current data related to patients with Sepsis, recognition, and discussion of Early Goal Directed therapy. Emphasis will be placed upon early recognition and initiation of recommended protocols to improve patient outcomes.

Program Learning Outcomes
This program prepares the learner to:

  1. Compare and contrast the differences between NSTEMI & STEMI evaluation and treatment
  2. Verbalize the differences in pathophysiology, diagnosis, and management of systolic and diastolic heart failure. Compare and contrast the differences in managing acute decompensated versus chronic heart failure.
  3. Adequately interpret six arterial blood gases (ABGs), and describe the ABG changes associated with acute respiratory failure.
  4. Describe the pathophysiologic changes, presentations and at least three treatments each for chronic bronchitis, emphysema, severe asthma, pneumonia and ARDS.
  5. Verbalize basic management of patients requiring ventilator support, including review of various ventilator modes and their purpose.
  6. List at least three causes, three diagnostic tests and three treatments of the following types of acute renal failure (ARF): Pre-renal, intrinsic renal, & post-obstructive uropathy.
  7. List at least two functions of the following areas of the brain: frontal, temporal, parietal, & occipital lobes; cerebrum, & cerebellum; pons, & medulla.
  8. Compare & contrast the pathophysiology, presentation, & treatments of epidural v. subdural hematomas.
  9. List at least three presenting signs & symptoms of ischemic/hemorrhagic stroke. 
  10. Describe the different etiologies of sepsis versus systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS), and how both can lead to multiple organ dysfunction (MODS).
  11. Describe the interplay between the sympathetic nervous system, renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system, and the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis during the response to physiologic stressors.
  12. Discuss common electrolyte disorders encountered in the critical care environment, presenting symptoms, and treatment required to correct.
  13. Discuss advanced hemodynamic monitoring techniques, interpretation of various waveforms, and pharmacological management of hemodynamic parameters.

Contact Hours

ANCC Approved

ANCC Accredited Provider


Contact Hours: 15.75 


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Course Materials


Lisa Soltis, MSN, RN-BC, APRN, PCCN, CCRN-CSC-CMC, CCNS, FCCM Related Seminars and Products

Lisa brings nearly 20 years of critical care experience to her lectures. She earned her BA from Western Michigan University, her BSN from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte and her MSN from Duke University School of Nursing as an adult critical care clinical nurse specialist. She is a member of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) and the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM), where she has been inducted as a Fellow of Critical Care Medicine. She currently serves on the Advanced Practice Nursing & Practice Development board for SCCM and is a member of the Advanced Practice Continuing Education workgroup and CMC®/CSC® Board of Appeals for the AACN. Her experience includes trauma/surgical critical care and nearly 15 years of cardio-thoracic critical care. She has served as the manager/clinical educator for the cardio-thoracic/transplant critical care unit at Duke University, worked as the cardiovascular/critical care clinical nurse specialist for WakeMed Health & Hospitals in Raleigh, NC, and served as the clinical nurse specialist for cardio-thoracic surgery at Sentara Heart Hospital in Norfolk, VA. Lisa became passionate about teaching during her experience at Duke and loves helping other nurses achieve their professional goals.

What's Included


  • DVD-ROM Disc(s)
  • 15.75 ANCC Approved Contact Hours
  • Online Administered Post-Test
  • PDF Study Guide and PowerPoints
  • 213 Practice Questions with Rationales (Located in Study Guide)
  • Speaker/Participant Communication via Email
  • Unlimited Tech Support

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