|ATC||NUR||1710||3||Applied Adult Cardiopulmonary Critical Care|
The purpose of this course is to provide students with the opportunity to synthesize and apply concepts related to the cardiopulmonary assessment and multidisciplinary management of critically ill adults. Through the use of presentations and laboratory sessions, the student will explore the pathophysiologic basis of critical cardiopulmonary instability, physical and technologic assessment parameters, and treatment modalities commonly utilized in the care of these patients in the intensive care unit. Interactive laboratory demonstration of vasoactive drugs, arterial, central venous and pulmonary artery monitoring, artificial airways, mechanical ventilation and rhythm strip interpretation will be provided. Critical clinical decision making and nursing responsibilities specific to dysrhythmia interpretation are addressed, including institution of appropriate immediate nursing intervention, pharmacological, and electrical therapeutic interventions based on advanced cardiac life support (acls) algorithms. Further, students will have the opportunity to synthesize and apply this information within patient care scenarios of respiratory and cardiac instability.