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Cardiovascular Nursing Actions - Chapter Summary
The actions required of cardiovascular nurses are outlined here for you to study at your convenience. Just a few of the topics presented here include skills needed to assess the cardiovascular system and the tools used for cardiac monitoring. Once you complete these lessons, you should be able to:
- Differentiate between the diagnostic and interventional use of cardiac and arterial catheterization
- Recognize a heart attack on an EKG machine
- Explain the proper use of defibrillation and cardioversion
- Detail the symptoms of hemodynamic instability and the equipment used to monitor it
- Outline situations where patients would need central venous access
- Describe the use and management of intra-aortic air balloon pumps
- Identify the procedure used in percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI)
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1. Nursing Assessment of the Cardiovascular System
This lesson reviews the sections of a cardiovascular nursing assessment, examines subjective and objective data, and explores the relationship between assessment and the patient condition. Learn about the skills needed to perform the assessment.
2. Cardiac Monitoring Tools: Types & Interpretation
Heart monitors are used to monitor the rhythm and rate of the heart and are useful in determining any abnormalities. This lesson will discuss types and interpretation of cardiac monitoring tools.
3. Cardiac Catheterization: Diagnostic vs. Interventional Use
A cardiac catheterization is a procedure done to examine the heart structure and function. This lesson will discuss the differences between a diagnostic and an interventional cardiac catheterization.
4. Arterial Catheterization: Diagnostic vs. Interventional Use
In this lesson we will learn about arterial catheterization. We will look at how it can be used for diagnostic purposes as well as how it is used for interventional purposes.
5. Detecting a Heart Attack with an EKG
This lesson will describe how to recognize a heart attack on an EKG. You will also learn how to identify which wall of the heart is affected based on the location of changes in EKG leads.
6. Cardioversion & Defibrillation: Use & Patient Management
Cardioversion and defibrillation both use electric shocks to the heart for rhythm control but each have very different indications. This lesson will discuss the use and management of a cardioversion and defibrillation.
7. Monitoring for Hemodynamic Instability: Tools & Methods
Hemodynamically unstable patients require emergency care or admission to the intensive care unit. This lesson will discuss the tools and methods required for monitoring hemodynamic instability.
8. Central Venous Access: Assessment, Tools & Monitoring
Patients in critical care may require lines for central venous access. Nurses have a role in caring for these lines. In this lesson, we will learn about central venous access lines and how to assess and care for them.
9. Intra-Aortic Air Balloon Pumps: Use & Patient Management
An intra-aortic balloon pump is a device that helps the heart beat. This lesson will discuss the use of an intra-aortic balloon pump and how the patient is managed.
10. Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI): Procedure & Patient Management
A percutaneous coronary intervention is a procedure to help repair parts of the heart. This lesson will discuss how a percutaneous coronary intervention is done and how the patient is managed.
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