Cardiopulmonary Considerations for the Geriatric Patient


Course Description

The cardiopulmonary comorbidities that are present in the geriatric population greatly impact how health care professionals should treat patients, including assessment, interventions, and recommendations. In order to have an in-depth understanding of geriatric cardiopulmonary pathologies, the health care professional must also have an understanding of the cardiopulmonary anatomy, the normal aging process, and how to differentiate normal aging from pathology.

This course reviews all of these areas and discusses the most common cardiopulmonary pathologies seen in the geriatric population. The proper techniques to monitor vital signs, the use of functional assessments and the most effective documentation techniques are all explored. In addition, cardiopulmonary medications are reviewed so that the rehab professional can gain an understanding of the specific classes of drugs used for the pathologies discussed, their side effects and potential impact on rehab.

This Seminar-On-Demand is 5 contact hours in length (check your state’s approval status in the state specific course catalog for your profession).

Contact Hours: 5
Video Course Format: Video
Target Audience: PT/PTA, RN, RT
Instructional Level: Advanced