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Complex Cardiac Emergencies: Assessment, Recognition, and Management
DVD Video
$219.99 USD
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DVD Video - 4+ hours   Instructions
5 hr 20 min
Multi-disc DVD recording (5 hours, 20 minutes) with electronic manual and instructions.
PESI Publishing & Media
CE Available:
Yes, See CE credit tab for complete continuing education details
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Upon completion of this self-study package, you will be able to:

  1. Differentiate the etiologies of chest pain, including acute coronary syndrome, pulmonary embolism, and aortic dissection.
  2. Identify the electrocardiographic changes associated with acute coronary syndrome.
  3. Analyze the pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment strategies for acute coronary syndrome.
  4. Utilize evidenced-based practice to describe optimal patient outcomes for the patient experiencing acute coronary syndrome.
  5. Distinguish the variant electrocardiographic changes that imitate myocardial infarction.
  6. Determine the management priorities in the care of the patient experiencing crises associated with acute myocardial infarction, including cardiogenic shock, right ventricular infarction, and mechanical complications.
  7. Describe the cardiac dysrhythmias that require urgent or emergent intervention.
  8. Examine the clinical presentation, exam findings, and treatment of cardiac tamponade.
  1. Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS)
    1. Unstable angina/NSTEMI
    2. STEMI
    3. Assessment of chest pain
      1. Atypical presentations
    4. Diagnosis of ACS
      1. Cardiac biomarkers
      2. Electrocardiographic changes
        1. Ischemia
        2. Injury
        3. Infarction
      3. Diagnostic studies
        1. Rest and stress imaging studies
        2. Stress testing
        3. Cardiac catheterization
        4. Coronary angiography
      4. Evidenced-based guidelines for management of ACS
      5. Pharmacologic management
      6. Reperfusion options
        1. Selection of strategies
        2. Pharmacologic reperfusion
        3. Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI)
        4. Surgical reperfusion
      7. Ancillary therapy
  2. Imposters and Variants
    1. 12-Lead ECG
      1. Early repolarization
      2. Hypertrophy
      3. Pericarditis
      4. Cor pulmonale
    2. Chest pain
      1. Pericarditis
      2. Pulmonary embolism
      3. Aortic dissection
      4. Management decisions
    3. Complications of Myocardial Infarction
      1. Cardiogenic shock
        1. Hemodynamic parameters
        2. Pharmacogical management
        3. Mechanical assist devices
      2. Right ventricular infarction
        1. Clinical presentation and diagnosis
        2. Management strategies
      3. Mechanical complications and management strategies
        1. Ventricular septal defect
        2. Left ventricular free wall rupture
        3. Left ventricular aneurysm
        4. Papillary muscle rupture
      4. Urgent/Emergent Cardiac Dysrhythmias
        1. Ventricular dysrhythmias
        2. Heart block
        3. Supraventricular rhythms
          1. Atrial tachycardia
          2. Atrial fibrillation/flutter
          3. Re-entry tachycardias
          4. Wolff-Parkinson-White
          5. Junctional tachycardia
        4. Management approaches
      5. Cardiac Tamponade
        1. Etiology
        2. Clinical presentation
        3. Physical exam findings
        4. Diagnosis and management
      6. What's on the Horizon for Cardiac Nursing?


Terri A. Donaldson has over 23 years of experience in cardiac and critical care nursing. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing in Nashville, where she teaches in the acute care nurse practitioner and doctoral nursing programs. Terri is also the coordinator of the transplantation subspecialty in the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program. She frequently lectures on cardiovascular disorders, including coronary artery disease, medical and surgical interventions for cardiovascular disease, heart failure, and heart transplantation.

Terri has extensive experience caring for patients requiring critical care interventions, including mechanical ventilation, pulmonary artery catheters and hemodynamic monitoring, vasoactive medications, mechanical assist devices, and continuous renal replacement therapy. As a cardiovascular clinical nurse specialist, Terri has facilitated skill development of critical care nurses at the bedside and assisted in the care of patients with complex cardiovascular disease. Terri completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree in 2007. Disclosures:

Financial: Terri Allison Donaldson is receiving a fee for speaking at this educational activity.

Nonfinancial: Terri Allison Donaldson has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
The following individuals contributed to the planning of this educational event: Content Expertise - Terri A. Donaldson, DNP, RN, ACNP-BC; Activity Planner - Barbara Chamberlain, RN, BSN; Nurse Planner - Barbara Chamberlain, RN, BSN; Target Audience Member - Dr. Kirk Dahl
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Cardiovascular Technology Professionals
Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) recognizes programs and providers approved by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (ANCC). This self-study package will qualify for 5.4 contact hour.

Nurses/Nurse Practitioners/Clinical Nurse Specialists - Credit Expired: 10/15/2016
No CE available for this board.

California Nurses: PESI, Inc. is a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #:17118 for 5.0 self-study contact hours.

You will need to provide your license number to PESI. PESI must have this number on file in order for your hours to be valid.

Florida Nurses:
PESI, Inc. is an approved provider by the Florida Board of Nursing. Provider #: FBN2858. These materials qualify for 5.0 self-study contact hours.

Iowa Nurses: PESI, Inc. is an approved provider by the Iowa Board of Nursing. Provider #: 346. Nurses successfully completing these self-study materials will earn 6.5 self-study contact hours.

Copies of the evaluation may be sent to the IBON. You will need to provide your license number to PESI. PESI must have this number on file in order for your hours to be valid.

Other Professions
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Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Physician Assistants, Cardiovascular Technology Professionals, Advanced Paramedics