Case Analysis for Acid-Base and Electrolyte Disturbances
The purpose of this session is to offer practicing bedside nurses easy to remember clues when assessing and intervening for patients with acid/base and electrolyte disturbances. A clear understanding of these subtle clues and emergent interventions will promote patient safety and enhance nursing care. Utilizing a case analysis method, this session will focus on the indicators for early intervention, the potential and actual clinical ramifications of altered labs and treatment options, and the latest research regarding abnormal acid/base & electrolyte disturbances.
Key content that will be covered includes: arterial blood gas analysis, acid/base disturbances, lactic acid levels, abnormal electrolytes levels –magnesium, potassium and sodium, emergent interventions for lab abnormalities, as well as clues to identifying age specific conditions, pharmacologic agents and pathophysiologic changes such as trauma, which may alter lab values and their response to treatment. Patient outcomes are enhanced when nurses understand the implications of interventions for abnormal laboratory results.
The target audience for this session includes Medical –Surgical, progressive and critical care bedside nurses, educators and advance practitioners. Participants should have a basic understanding of electrolytes and acid/base normals and bring a desire to prevent complications for their patients by linking emergent interventions for lab abnormalities to pathophysiologic changes as prerequisite knowledge.
1. Correlate altered acid/base disturbances to pathophysiologic process
2. Link altered electrolytes to potential life threatening complications
3. Evaluate emergent treatment options for altered acid/base & electrolyte disturbances
Format and Method of Instruction:
90 minutes to all day format
Adjustable based on level of audience
Interactive lecture, case studies and audiovisuals
Primary Speaker Information:
Julie Miller, RN, BSN, CCRN
President: Paws to Learn
7313 CR 2192
Whitehouse TX 75791
© 2006: Paws to Learn
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