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The Complex Neuro Patient:
DVD Video
$199.99 USD
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DVD Video - 4+ hours   Instructions
6 hr 21 min
Multi-disc DVD recording with electronic manual and instructions.
PESI Publishing & Media
CE Available:
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  1. Assess neuroanatomy as applicable to complex neurologic patients.
  2. Breakdown neurologic assessment strategies and changes associated with pathologic conditions.
  3. Choose between head injury types, associated mental status, and cognitive changes.
  4. Communicate the latest strategies for timely recognition and treatment of stroke syndromes.
  5. Specify the clinical presentation and treatment recommendations for seizure types.
  6. Correlate increased intracranial pressures with expected causes and critical care management.
  7. Evaluate post-op management of neurosurgical patients.
  8. Breakdown essential management strategies for patients with neurodegenerative and neuromuscular disorders.

Neuro Assessments: Identifying the RED Flags

  • Challenging Mental Status Exams
    • The Patient with Existing Dementia
  • The Down-n-Dirty Cranial Nerve Assessment
  • Glasgow Coma Scale
  • Identifying Red Flags
  • Effectively Communicating Changes

Neuro Trauma: The Latest Evidence-Based Strategies

  • Blunt & Penetrating Injuries
  • Symptom Management for:
    • Hypoxemia
    • Hypotension
    • Prophylactic Hypothermia
    • Nutrition Replacement
    • Normoglycemia
    • Hyperventilation
  • Surgical Emergencies & Post-op Care
    • Craniotomy & Craniectomy
  • Associated Mental Status & Cognitive Changes

Managing Increased Intracranial Pressure

  • Early & Late Symptoms
  • Non-invasive vs. Invasive Monitoring
  • ICP Waveform Analysis Made Easy

Neuro Pharmacology: New Thoughts on Old Therapies

  • Steroids
  • Osmotic Diuretics
  • Hypertonic Saline
  • Anti-Seizure Prophylaxis
  • DVT Prophylaxis
  • Thrombolytics & Anticoagulation
  • Reversal Agents
  • Infection Prophylaxis
  • Anesthetics, Analgesics & Sedatives

Timely Recognition and Treatment Recommendations for Stroke Syndromes

  • Acute Ischemic Stroke
  • Intracerebral Hemorrhagic Stroke
  • Hemispheric Findings
  • NIH Stroke Scale
  • Clinical Presentation & Management of Seizures
  • Differentiation of Seizure Type
  • Psychogenic Non-Epileptic Seizures (PNES’s)
  • Sudden Unexplained Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP)

Neurodegenerative & Neuromuscular Disease

  • The Patient with Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Assessing Altered Mental Status
  • The Patient with Pre-Existing Dementia
  • Tips to Spot Subtle Clues
  • Differentiating Diagnosis by Symptom Onset

The Patient with Multiple Sclerosis

  • Physical Assessment Challenges
  • The Patient with Muscle Weakness & Wasting
  • Key Criteria for Assessing Baseline

The Patient with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Anticipating Complications
  • Early Recognition of Life-threatening Symptoms
  • What equipment is a MUST have at the bedside?
  • Difficult Airway Management

The Patient with Parkinson’s Disease

  • Symptom Management Challenges
  • Interventions for the Agitated Patient
  • Strategies for Effective Patient Compliance
  • Team Approach: Role of the Interdisciplinary Team & Family


Sean G. Smith has experience in both emergency care and critical care. He has written neo-natal/pediatric pharmacology CE exams for the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, as well as writing for Mosby clinical updates. He has practiced and taught critical/emergency care and pre-hospital emergency medical services for over 20 years. Career highlights include research in molecular endocrinology, serving in the US Navy, a wide variety of ICUs, flight nursing, and medical missions, as well as offering medical support to NASA. Sean lectures at the national level and has extensive text review/exam writing/contributing author credits. He holds multiple advanced specialty certifications in critical care, emergency, and flight nursing, as well as cardiac medicine, and neonatal/pediatric critical care transport.

Sean is a dedicated and respected educator serving as an official Instructor for Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP), Basic Life Support (BLS-RF), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS-RF), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS-RF), Tactical Combat Casualty Course (TCCC), Geriatric Education for Emergency Medical Services (GEMS), Fundamentals of Critical Care Support (FCCS), and Pediatric Fundamentals of Critical Care Support (PFCCS-IC).

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Sean G. Smith receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Sean G. Smith has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.
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