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Comorbidities in Complex Patients: Cardiac and Vascular

presented by Cheryl Lehman

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Financial: Cheryl Lehman receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

Non-Financial: Cheryl Lehman has no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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This course gives students an overview of medical co-morbidities that can be found in the post-acute care setting, focusing on cardiac and vascular care. With patient acuity changing in this setting, patients with the potential for multiple medical co-morbidities are more likely to be admitted. Examples of medical co-morbidities involving arterial fibrillation, heart failure, and arterial disease will be shared, along with clinical pearls on focusing assessment and interventions on managing the complex patient. This course is appropriate for licensed nurses working in any setting, but particularly targets those in rehabilitation, long term care and home health.

This course is a part of a series discussing comorbidities in complex patients, including the following topics:

Cardiac and Vascular | Pulmonary | Renal | Neurologic | Endocrine | Digestive | Hematologic

Meet Your Instructor

Cheryl Lehman, PhD, RN, CNS-BC, CRRN

Dr. Cheryl Lehman has been a registered nurse since graduating from the Decatur Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in 1978. Since that time, she earned a BSN from Maryville University-St. Louis in 1990; an MSN in Adult Health Nursing from the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at Galveston in the Clinical Nurse Specialist role…

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1. Arterial Fibrilliation

Post-acute care nurses must be familiar with the types of cardiac and vascular conditions that may be present in patients admitted to their setting. This chapter begins by discussing arterial fibrillation, a common condition in patients admitted to post-acute care.

2. Heart Failure

Cardiac and vascular conditions that are seen in post-acute care, such as heart failure and atherosclerosis, have the potential to lead to patient complications. Nurses have the responsibility of possessing the knowledge and skills to care for patients with these conditions. This chapter reviews heart failure scenarios seen in the patient population in the post-acute setting.

3. Peripheral Arterial Disease

The final chapter of this course describes peripheral arterial disease, another common vascular condition nurses must be prepared for in the post-acute setting.

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