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Sepsis Prevention: Vascular Access Care And Laboratory Testing In The Intensive Care Unit

Author: Jassin M. Jouria, MD
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CE: 3 hours
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Course Summary

Clinicians caring for patients in the Intensive Care Unit are required to interpret laboratory tests and care for vascular access monitoring devices, and be able to manage safe and appropriate guidelines when caring for critically ill patients. Health professionals working with critically ill patients need to take an evidenced-based and rational approach to vascular access for laboratory testing and continuous monitoring including an understanding of the benefits and risks of each procedure relative to a disease process. The purpose of this course is to provide health clinicians with knowledge of different types of laboratory testing and monitoring for patients in the Intensive Care Unit as well as the benefits and risks of varied procedures.

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Course Syllabus

I.              Introduction

II.           Decision-Guides In The Intensive Care Unit

1.   Prevention And Reduction Of Catheter-Related Infections

III.         Arterial/Venous Catheterization And Pressure Monitoring Devices For Adult And Pediatric Patients

1.   Arterial Catheterization

2.   Pulmonary Artery Catheterization and Monitoring

3.   Replacement of Administration Sets

4.   Purpose of Vascular Access

5.   Central Venous Cutdown

6.   Potential Complications of Venous Catheterization

IV.          Intraosseous Cannulation And Infusion

1.   Placement of Intraosseous Cannulation

V.            Sepsis And Blood Transfusion

1.   Acute Lung Injury and Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome

2.   Neurologic Injury and Diseases

3.   Red Blood Cell Transfusion Risks

4.   Alternatives to Red Blood Cell Transfusion

5.   Strategies to Reduce Red Blood Cell Transfusion

VI.          Cardiac Monitoring In The Intensive Care Unit

VII.       Resuscitation Of The ICU Patient And Infection Prevention

1.   Initial Resuscitation

2.   Laboratory Testing and Management of Sepsis

VIII.     Summary


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