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Preventing a Crisis: Subclinical Signs of Impending Doom
Preventing a Crisis: Subclinical Signs of Impending Doom

Where:   TACOMA, WA

When:  Friday, November 8, 2013 at 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

This event is not currently available for purchase.

For more information: Call (800) 844-8260
Course Description:
In order to prevent a medical crisis, you have to know:

  • What the early warning signs are.
  • How to perceive the early signs and symptoms.
  • How to interpret the information within the whole clinical picture.
  • How to act for the benefit of the patient.
  • What to do first.

As a healthcare professional, you care for patients with a higher acuity than ever before. You use the clinical signs of illness to help you recognize a patient care dilemma. What if you could see the signs that compensation was taking place before the process failed? You can! Setting goals and priorities in a crisis are crucial to outcomes. Some signs are more important than others and need to be taken care of first. This seminar will show you how to recognize the subtle signs of compensation and act to head off a crisis.

Carol Whiteside will show you how to identify the signs and symptoms before the patient crashes. Carol will examine the body's complex, interrelated organ systems and break them into their component parts. You will see how a problem in one organ system can cause a sign or symptom in another organ system. You will see how setting a bad goal, or no goal, can be very detrimental to the patient's well being. If a crisis does occur, the effectiveness of setting goals and priorities will determine the outcome for the patient. Please join us for this valuable seminar and learn how to prevent and manage a crisis in your patient!
Please refer to the course brochure for continuing education information.
Learner Objectives:

  1. Recognize the signs of compensation in the human body before illness appears.
  2. Interpret what is happening in the body physiologically when the heart rate and respiratory rate go up.
  3. Identify the components of cardiac output.
  4. List three signs of left heart failure and describe the physiology behind them.
  5. Describe two symptoms that differentiate ARDS from other forms of respiratory failure.
  6. Identify the level of oxygen to be given a CO2 retaining COPDer in crisis.
  7. Recognize three ways that CHF differs from the other forms of shock.
  8. Explain two ways in which benign and malignant headaches differ in their presentation.
  9. Relate four signs found through the look test indicating a change in the patient's condition.
  10. Describe the physiological mechanism driving the changes seen in patients after surgery.
  11. Identify the first sign of compartment syndrome.
  12. List three components of "painting the picture."
  13. Integrate the concept of critical thinking as it applies to your clinical practice and patient care.


Carol Whiteside has been a nurse for over 35 years. She is a clinical nurse specialist and a cardiovascular nurse specialist. Carol has been a staff nurse, cath lab manager, nursing supervisor and director of education. She previously worked in a trauma unit, medical surgical unit, cardiac ICU, medical ICU, adult and pediatric open heart surgery, neonatal ICU and a burn unit.

Carol has also been a preceptor and a clinical nursing instructor. Additionally, she is a sought-after presenter, sharing her expertise nationwide on critical care topics, EKG interpretation, ACLS and critical thinking. She has the unique ability to combine her extensive clinical background with essential critical thinking strategies to help others learn how to best intervene for patients. You will leave with the skills and techniques to anticipate the subclinical signs of impending doom in patients entrusted to your care.


Financial: Carol Whiteside is receiving a fee for speaking at this educational activity.

Nonfinancial: : Carol Whiteside has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
Credits listed below are for full attendance at the live event only. After attendance has been verified, pre-registered attendees will receive an email from PESI Customer Service with the subject line, “Evaluation and Certificate” within one week. This email will contain a link to complete the seminar evaluation and allow attendees to print, email or download a certificate of completion if in full attendance. For those in partial attendance (arrived late or left early), a letter of attendance is available through that link and an adjusted certificate of completion reflecting partial credit will be issued within 30 days (if your board allows). Please see “live seminar schedule” for full attendance start and end times. NOTE: Boards do not allow credit for breaks or lunch.

If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval. For other credit inquiries not specified below, or questions on home study credit availability, please contact cepesi@pesi.com or 800-844-8260 before the event.

Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.

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