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Medical Complications in Post-Acute Care: Endocrine and Shock

presented by Cheryl Lehman, PhD, RN, CRRN

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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.

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This course concludes this series on medical complications that can occur in the post-acute care setting, focusing on endocrine system dysfunction and incidence of shock. Examples of medical complications will be shared, along with clinical pearls on focusing assessment and interventions on early detection and prevention activities. Participants will gain a renewed focus on medical-surgical conditions and the required nursing skills to competently care for these patients and prevent hospital readmissions.

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

Introduction & Infection Management | Pulmonary and Cardiac | Diabetes | Fluids and Acid/Base Balance | Endocrine and Shock

Meet Your Instructor

Cheryl Lehman, PhD, RN, 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. Endocrine

This chapter reviews endocrine complications, as well as early and late signs for which to monitor in the post-acute care setting. Complications related to the endocrine system such as Addisonian crisis and hyperthyroidism are still possible in these patients. The nurse plays an important role in early recognition and intervention for the patient with an endocrine complication.

2. Shock

The actions of the rehabilitation nurse can be the difference between life and death for the patient in a state of life-threatening shock. Shock is caused by multiple factors, including cardiac, infectious disease, hypovolemia, anaphylaxis, and neurogenic. This chapter reviews the multiple types of shock, as well the role of the rehabilitation nurse in prevention, assessment and intervention.

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