In the geriatric population, congestive heart failure (CHF) is a very prevalent disease. All health care providers must take an active role in the management of this condition. This role includes understanding how to manage the disease in acute phases, in chronic phases, and how to educate patients so that they can have a more active role in their disease management. This course will discuss at an in-depth level the pathology of CHF including the various types. This understanding of the pathology is essential so that all health care providers can provide the most thorough and comprehensive treatment. The course will discuss all aspects of disease management including medications, lifestyle modifications, exercise and daily monitoring. In addition, this course will review normal cardiovascular and pulmonary anatomy and physiology and the monitoring of these two systems. This information will be applied in a case study at the end of the course to ensure that participants gain practical application skills of the material presented.
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- Review of cardiac anatomy & physiology
- Defining what is congestive heart failure: types, etiology, risk factors, signs/symptoms
- Patient Education:
- NYHA Classification
- Lab Values
- Edema, vital signs, auscultation
- Functional Outcomes
- Treatment with CHF:
- edema management
- patient education
- case studies
Course Goals & Objectives:
This course is intended to instruct the professional of the pathophysiology, assessment and treatment techniques that are most effective, relevant and evidence based in order to maximize patients’ functional outcomes when working with patients with CHF.
- Identify three systems of the body and explain the effect that congestive heart failure has on these.
- Select three causes of congestive heart failure.
- Identify two differences in the symptoms between the right side and left side heart failure.
- Recognize two of the lab values that are commonly used to evaluate a patient with congestive heart failure.
- Locate the symptoms of each of the stage The New York Heart Association has classified for congestive heart failure.
- Select two components of patient assessment that are essential in a patient with congestive heart failure.
- Select three common classes of drugs used to treat congestive heart failure.
- Locate three contraindications to exercise that may be found in a patient with congestive heart failure.
- Select two key areas of patient education.
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Contact Hours: 3 contact hours in length (check your state’s approval status in the state specific course catalog for your profession).
Target Audience: Physical Therapist, Physical Therapist Assistant, Occupational Therapist, Occupational Therapist Assistant, Certified Athletic Trainer, Nurse
Instructional Level: Intermediate
Criteria for Completion: Criteria for Completion: A score of 70% or more is considered passing. Scores of less than 70% indicate a failure to understand the material and the test will need to be taken again until a passing score has been achieved
Financial – Suzanne Greenwalt is employed by Belmont University and receives a salary. She receives payment from HomeCEU for the presentation of this course.
Nonfinancial - no relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.
Content Disclosure: This course does not focus solely on any specific product or service