2-Day: Critical Care Skills Boot Camp – Sean G. Smith
You have the daunting challenge of recognizing subtle changes in a patient’s condition that can lead to a medical emergency or worse, a patient’s death. Are you sure you have the knowledge and skills you need to handle these difficult situations?
Working in the rapidly-changing critical care setting and caring for the most complex patients means you have to be able to recognize these changes and respond appropriately. You’re dealing with life-threatening conditions and you need to be up to date on the most current and cutting-edge strategies. Watch this comprehensive program and gain the skills you need to manage any situation. Drawing on over 12 years of critical care experience, Sean G. Smith will challenge you to take your knowledge to the next level!
- Identify 5 essential components of a “down and dirty” assessment in your patient when they have a sudden decomposition in health status.
- State 3 rapid interventions that can stabilize a patient who is symptomatic with a low blood pressure.
- Recognize the most common causes of arterial blood gas abnormalities.
- Assess the 3 most common dysrhythmias using rhythm strip interpretation.
- Evaluate the risk of re-expansion pulmonary edema in the patient with a chest tube for pleural effusion.
- Review the correct technique for opening an occluded central line lumen.
- Summarize the difference between failure to capture and failure to sense in a pacemaker and how each is resolved.
- Recognize the three biggest concerns patients recognize at end of life.
- Discuss the difference between preload, contractility and afterload as components impacting cardiac output.
- Identify correct locations for measuring CVP, Arterial Line and Wedge waveforms.
- Differentiate between hypotonic, isotonic and hypertonic IV fluids and when each is considered most effective.
- Recognize the blood product of choice for Disseminated Intravascular Coagulopathy.
- Contrast the difference between hypovolemic shock, septic shock and cardiovascular shock in both assessment and treatment priorities.
- Prioritize ways to increase the ventilator patient’s oxygenation status.
- Compare and contrast CPAP and BiPAP, as well as their target populations.
- Compare the differences between a STEMI and NSTEMI.
Here’s What’s Included:
- DAY 1
Identification & Management of Crisis
Master “Down & Dirty” Assessment Skills
Impending Doom: Recognizing the “Red Flags”
Rapid Stabilizing Interventions
Managing the Decompensating Patient
Easy Steps to ABG Analysis
Understanding Acid-Base Imbalance
Lab Results: Identify the 4 Abnormal Findings
A Simple Tool to Change Your Practice
The 5 Steps to Rhythm Strip Interpretation
Systematically Review Rhythm
Identifying Critical Changes
Effective Management of:
Managing Chest Drainage
Indications for Chest Tubes
Circumventing Re-expansion Pulmonary Edema
Avoiding Common Complications
Master Central Line Care
Common Complications & Solutions
When to Use Which Port & Why
Is a “Cell-Saver” an Option for your Patient?
The Challenges of CVP Monitoring
Pacemakers & AICDs
Indications for Pacemakers
Understanding Pacemaker Codes
Types of Pacemakers
Practical Solutions to Common Problems
End-of-Life Care in the ICU
Practical Tips to Help Your Patients & Families
Your Role as the Patient Advocate
Tips for Addressing Difficult Conversations
- DAY 2
Respiratory Emergencies: Understanding Hemodynamics Today
Cardiac Output = Heart Rate x Stroke Volume
A Simple Analogy Guaranteed to Help You “Get It”
Preload, Afterload and Contractility
Manipulating the Math Equation to Stabilize
The ICU Trio in Crisis!
IV Fluids – The Right One for the Situation
5 pressor Agents – Their Action & Use
Blood Products! FFP, Platelets, PRBCs & Cryoprecipitate
Demystify Hemodynamic Waveforms
Assessment Clues to Instability
Central Venous Pressures
Swan Ganz Catheters
Mechanical Ventilation for Nurses
Managing the Patient on a Ventilator
Avoiding Ventilator Acquired Pneumonia
Using CPAP or BiPAP
Assessment and Management of:
Manage the Neuro Patient
Using an Easy “5-point Neuro Check”
Stroke and Stabilization
How to Assess & When to Intervene
Life-threatening EKG Changes
Clues from the 12-Lead
Spectrum of Coronary Artery Ischemia
5-step Method for Identifying Ischemia & Injury
STEMI and NSTEMI – What’s the difference?
Location, Location, Location