- What are the 3 most likely causes of a sepsis crisis
- Three cardinal signs of sepsis
- Understanding diagnostic tests to differentiate sepsis from other possibilities
- Summary of the current evidence-based findings
- Complications of illness
(Acute MI, Cardiogenic Shock, Pulmonary edema, TIA/CVA)
- What are the common causes of all cardiovascular diseases
- Symptomology differences between genders in cardiovascular disease
- Examination clues that help you recognize a cardiovascular crisis
- What diagnostic tests, labs, x-ray, imaging can help with diagnosis of a CV emergency
- Nurse's role managing a cardiovascular crisis
- Do you know the typical causes of anaphalaxis?
- Signs/symptoms to look for in patients experiencing anaphalaxis
- What quick nursing actions can save your patient's life in anaphalaxis?
- Medications that can avert an anaphalaxis crisis
(Ketoacidosis, Hyperosmolar Syndrome)
- Key differences between ketoacidosis and hyperosmolar syndrome
- What subtle signs do patients display when heading towards a diabetic crisis?
- Important labs that give clues in diabetic crisis and its resolution
- What nursing skills are important to help reduce diabetic crisis complications?
(Status Asthmaticus, Acute Respiratory Failure)
- Identify causes that can lead to a pulmonary crisis
- Are all breath sounds alike?
- When asthma is no longer simple
- Which patients are likely to develop acute respiratory failure - and what can you do about it?
(GI bleed, Trauma, Internal Bleeding)
- Causes of hypovolemic shock that you will encounter
- When anxiety, restlessness, agitation and confusion are not a mental health problem
- Are there earlier signs than hypotension that signal a hypovolemic crisis?
- Fluids, Fluids, Fluids. Fluid resuscitation can save a life.
Rapid Response Teams
- Effective use of the RRT in a clinical crisis
- When to utilize the RRT
- What team members are needed on RRT