Case studies in acute care
This program presents two case studies in acute care. The first case involves a patient who underwent therapeutic hypothermia after suffering a cardiac arrest, and provides an overview of QT/QTc monitoring. The second case reviews the hospital course of a patient admitted to the emergency department (ED) who was found to have diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA). Evidence-based treatment guidelines for the DKA patient and key issues related to safe administration of insulin are presented.
In 2010, the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) endorsed the scientific statement from both the American Heart Association (AHA) and American College of Cardiology (ACC) entitled "Prevention of Torsades de Pointes (TdP) in Hospital Settings," acknowledging that this silent conduction abnormality can lead to sudden cardiac arrest. In patients who suffer an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest and remain comatose, the AHA and ACC recommend implementation of therapeutic hypothermia in an effort to preserve neurological function.
By the end of this program, the participant should be able to:
1. Describe the clinical significance of the QT and QTc interval on an electrocardiogram (ECG).
2. List three commonly used medications that can prolong the QT/QTc interval.
3. Identify patients who are suitable candidates for therapeutic hypothermia.
4. State three important aspects of nursing management for the patient with DKA.
5. Describe the acceptable timeframe for safely lowering high blood glucose levels.
6. Identify clinical signs of hypoglycemia.
7. Discuss three potential dangers of long-acting insulin.
The course is intended for Nurses.
1. Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA)
2. Cardiac Arrest
Dr Hema G
The theory, practical , hospital situations , data shown and live workshop to have the feel in action, made us more aware and broadened our knowledge to handle cardiac patients. It was a great learning experience and I wont change any aspect of the course.
Dr Hemang Agrawal
Great learning experience! Instructors and content truly differentiates GE programs. Special thanks to faculty for making it more interactive and useful. Would highly recommend to my peers and colleagues!
I am completely satisfied by the program. The content, faculty were well planned, over all experience was superb!