Seminar Detail

Preventing Post-Operative Complications
Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Changes in the post-surgical environment mean that patients have shorter post-operative hospital stays and spend more recovery time at home. Nurses providing care in the post-operative setting are left with the highest risk patients and tight schedules for getting them out the door. You are now challenged to ensure safety, minimize complications, and support an optimal recovery along the way. If you are providing care to patients recovering from a surgical intervention, you are guaranteed to sharpen your skills through updated knowledge gained by attending this critical one-day event!
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  1. Explain the essential measures to prevent complications of anesthesia.
  2. Understand various pain management strategies in the perioperative and postoperative period.
  3. Evaluate how the human body responds to stress and injury, particularly following a surgical procedure.
  4. Apply the "ebb" and "flow" theories surrounding responses to trauma.
  5. Incorporate new skills to prevent complications of surgical intervention.
  6. Learn how to contribute to an early identification of SIRS, sepsis, severe sepsis and septic shock.
  7. Propose the immediate interventions that must be taken with sepsis.
  8. Choose strategies to optimally prepare the patient for recovery at home.
  9. Incorporate teach-back into everyday interactions with patients.
  • Types of Anesthesia and Sedation
    • General and regional anesthesia
    • Common complications
    • Newest research in symptom management
  • Post-Operative Pain Control
    • Complex pain management issues
    • Evidence-based pain management
    • Ideal vs. real world issues
    • Managing effects and side effects
    • Over-medication & accommodation
  • Physiologic Response to Surgical Stress
    • Cellular level response
    • Stress, inflammatory, and metabolic response
    • Understanding the "ebb" and "flow" theory
    • Newest research to reduce complications from surgical stress
  • Sepsis
    • Identification and first response
    • Real world scenarios and presentations
    • The most up-to-date evidence to reduce infection rates
  • Special Situations & Ethical Issues
    • Bloodless surgery
    • Special considerations in GI surgery
    • Consent issues
    • Surgery on the DNR patient
    • The ethics of evidence-based surgical options
  • Recovery at Home
    • The hospital stay as the first stage of recovery
    • Newest patient education theories
    • "What I wish someone had told me…"
  • Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Clinical Nurse Specialists
  • Surgery Technicians
  • Surgical First Assistants


Casseopia Fisher has practiced nursing in multiple hospital post-surgical environments, including Trauma, Orthopedics, and Surgical Specialties. She is currently Nurse Manager of a Med-Surg unit and ICU, and a graduate of Oregon Health and Science University and Western Governors University.

Casseopia has a passion to share her expertise with healthcare audiences through a variety of presentations that draw from her background. As such, she is a sought-after national presenter on topics that draw from her areas of expertise. She holds her certification in Medical-Surgical Nursing and has a special interest in the management of alcohol withdrawal/drug abuse in the inpatient population.

Speaker Disclosures

Financial: Casseopia Fisher has an employment relationship with Columbia Memorial Hospital. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Nonfinancial: Casseopia Fisher is a member of the International Nurses Society on Addictions.
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 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.

PESI, Inc. offers continuing education programs and products under the brand names PESI, PESI Healthcare, PESI Rehab and Psychotherapy Networker.

Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Clinical Nurse Specialists
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PESI, Inc. is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Nurses in full attendance will earn 6.3 contact hours. Partial contact hours will be awarded for partial attendance.

California Nurses: PESI, Inc. is a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 17118 for 6.0 contact hours. Full attendance is required. No partial contact hours will be issued for partial attendance.

Pharmacology Nurse Practitioners
This program offers 120 instructional minutes of pharmacology content which is designed to qualify for 2.0 contact hours toward your pharmacology requirement to receive credit. It is your responsibility to submit your certificate of successful completion and a copy of the seminar brochure to your licensing board.

Other Professions
This activity qualifies for 380 minutes of instructional content as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your course outline and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.

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