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Course Description

This course is designed for healthcare providers working with patients requiring hemodynamic monitoring. The course includes care of the patient with a pulmonary artery catheter and advanced less invasive hemodynamic monitoring. It includes accurate obtaining of readings, waveform analysis and interpretations. Case studies in hemodynamic monitoring will be reviewed.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Discuss the preparation and insertion of the pulmonary artery catheter.
  • Describe the method to obtain an accurate reading from the hemodynamic waveform including the identifying of the A and V waves.
  • Discuss the newer less invasive hemodynamic monitors and provide scenarios for using these monitors.
  • Discuss case studies using patients requiring hemodynamic monitoring.


Sign-in begins at 7:30 am. Each day includes a one-hour lunch (on your own), as well as a morning and afternoon break of 15 minutes each. The order of lectures presented and break times may vary according to speaker preference.

Day 1, 8:00 am to 3:30 pm

  • Hemodynamic Parameters
    Cardiac Index: Preload, Afterload, Contractility, Heart Rate | What’s Normal—What’s Not | Factors that Affect Cardiac Index
  • Ensuring Accuracy
    Patient Position: HOB and Side, Laying/Prone | Dynamic Response | Cardiac Output | Impact of Mechanical Ventilation
  • Waveform Analysis
    Valvular Dysfunction: Mitral, Aortic and Triscupid | Effects of Dysrhythmias on Waveforms | Volume Changes and Tamponade
  • Putting It All Together: Case Studies
    Left Ventricular Failure | Cardiogenic Septic Shock | Post Open Heart Surgery

Day 2, 8:00 am to 3:30 pm

  • Noninvasive Hemodynamic Monitoring
    Technique | Stroke Volume Determination | Clinical Applications: CHF Management
  • Therapeutic Intervention
    Inotropic Drugs | Afterload Reducers | Preload Reducers | Which Drug to Choose
  • DO2/VO2 Relationships
    Definitions | Factors that Alter O2 Delivery and Consumption | Anaphylactic Shock and Acute Abdomen
  • Putting It All Together: Case Studies
    Congestive Heart Failure (Acute) | Cardiac Surgery | Acute MI, Cardiogenic Shock | Pneumonia | Multisystem Trauma