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Critical Care Skills Boot Camp
Package - Video
$299.99 USD
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Package - Video   Instructions
Multi-disc DVD recording (11 hours, 36 minutes) with electronic manual and instructions.
PESI HealthCare
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[+] [-] 075305 - Essential Assessment, Interpretation and Intervention Strategies
At the completion of this program, you should be able to:

  1. Identify 5 essentials components of a “down and dirty” assessment in your patient when they have a sudden decomposition in health status.
  2. State 3 rapid interventions that can stabilize a patient who is symptomatic with a low blood pressure.
  3. Recognize the most common causes of arterial blood gas abnormalities.
  4. Quickly identify the 3 most common dysrhythmias using rhythm strip interpretation.
  5. Manage the risk to avoid re-expansion pulmonary edema in the patient with a chest tube for pleural effusion.
  6. Review the correct technique for opening an occluded central line lumen.
  7. Summarize the difference between failure to capture and failure to sense in a pacemaker and how each is resolved.

[+] [-] 075310 - Advanced Management of Complex and Critically Ill Patients:
At the completion of this program, you should be able to:

  1. Summarize the difference between preload, contractility and afterload as components impacting cardiac output.
  2. Identify correct locations for measuring CVP, Arterial Line and Wedge waveforms.
  3. Differentiate between hypotonic, isotonic and hypertonic IV fluids and when each is considered most effective.
  4. Recognize the blood product of choice for Disseminated Intravascular Coagulopathy.
  5. Contrast the difference between hypovolemic shock, septic shock and cardiovascular shock in both assessment and treatment priorities.
  6. Identify two ways to increase the ventilator patient’s oxygenation status.
  7. Compare and contrast CPAP and BiPAP, as well as their target populations.
  8. State 5 common causes of delirium.
  9. Identify the difference between a STEMI and NSTEMI.
  10. Recognize the three biggest concerns patients recognize at end of life.

[+] [-] 075305 - Essential Assessment, Interpretation and Intervention Strategies
  1. Identification & Management of Crisis
    1. Master “down and dirty” prompt assessment skills
    2. End the “Red Flags”
    3. Rapid stabilizing interventions for the unstable patient
    4. Manage the decompensating patient
    5. Better outcomes through quick intervention
  2. Easy Steps to ABG Analysis
    1. Acid base imbalance
    2. 4 abnormal findings when reading your lab result
    3. A simple tool to rapidly and efficiently interpret ABG’s!
  3. The 5 Steps to Rhythm Strip Interpretation
    1. Systematically reviewing the major components of a rhythm strips
    2. Identifying rhythm changes and management of:
    3. Atrial Fibrillation and Atrial Flutter
    4. Paroxysmal Supra-Ventricular Tachycardia (PSVT)
    5. V-Tach and V-Fib
  4. Managing Chest Drainage
    1. Indications for chest tubes
    2. Circumventing re-expansion pulmonary edema
    3. Avoiding common complications of chest drainage
  5. Master Central Line Care
    1. Common issues experienced with central lines
    2. Using which port for what on a triple lumen PICC
    3. Use of a “cell-saver” to reduce lost hemoglobin during blood draws
    4. The challenge of CVP monitoring
  6. Pacemakers & AICDs
    1. Indications for pacemakers
    2. Meaning of pacemaker codes
    3. Types of Pacemakers
    4. Device management
    5. Practical solutions to common pacemaker problems

[+] [-] 075310 - Advanced Management of Complex and Critically Ill Patients:
  1. Understand Hemodynamics Today
    1. Cardiac Output = Heart Rate x Stroke Volume
      1. Use a simple analogy to learn the components and finally Get It
    2. Preload, Afterload and Contractility
    3. Manipulating the mathematical equation to stabilize
  2. The ICU Trio in Crisis!
    1. IV Fluids - picking the right one for the situation
    2. 5 pressor agents - How they work when to use them
      1. Blood products! FFP, Platelets, PRBC’s and Cryoprecipitate
  3. Demystify hemodynamic waveforms and Correctly Measuring Each
    1. Assessment clues to hemodynamic instability
    2. Central Venous Pressures
    3. Arterial Lines
    4. Swan Ganz Catheters
  4. Mechanical Ventilation for Nurses
    1. How to manage patients on ventilators
    2. Avoiding Ventilator Acquired Pneumonia (VAP)
    3. Using CPAP or BiPAP
  5. Manage Shock
    1. Assessment and management of:
      1. Cardiogenic Shock
      2. Septic Shock
      3. Hypovolemic Shock
  6. Manage the Neuro Patient
    1. Use a “5-point Neuro Check” to easily identify changes in condition
    2. Stroke and Stabilization
      1. Ischemic
      2. Hemorrhagic
      3. Delirium
      4. How to assess & intervene
  7. Life-threatening EKG Changes: Clues from the 12-Lead
    1. Spectrum of coronary artery ischemia
    2. 5-step method for finding myocardial ischemia and injury
    3. STEMI and NSTEMI - What’s the difference?
    4. Location, location, location!
  8. End-of-Life Care in the ICU
    1. The needs of the patient
    2. Practical tips to help your patients and families with the end-of-life journey



Cyndi Zarbano, MSN, BSN, CCRN, CEN, PCCN, CMSRN, CLNC, has been a nurse for more than 25 years and a legal nurse consultant (LNC) for 12. Many of her cases in the last decade have been consulting and educating nurses who have gotten into trouble with the board of nursing and helping hem complete their corrective action stipulations. Medication errors and patient injury are a common cause of corrective action, license suspension and loss of license.

Cyndi’s clinical area of expertise has been in various intensive care/critical care roles, currently working for Mayo in Minnesota. She has been a national seminar speaker for over ten years speaking to diverse healthcare audiences throughout the country. During her presentations, she has earned the reputation of keeping attendees engaged with the use of current clinical knowledge, fascinating legal stories, and the interjection of nursing humor to keep it fun.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Cyndi Zarbano is the owner of Clinical Review Consultants. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Cyndi Zarbano has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
Continuing Education Credits Awarded for Completion of Entire Package
[+] [-] Combined Continuing Education Credit From All Components
Breakdown of Continuing Education Credits by Components
[+] [-] 075305 - Essential Assessment, Interpretation and Intervention Strategies
[+] [-] 075310 - Advanced Management of Complex and Critically Ill Patients:
Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Physician Assistants, Respiratory Care Practitioners