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Current Concepts in Cardiopulmonary Care

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Course Description

This two-day course is geared to providing the new and experienced nurse, CRNA and respiratory therapist with a review of cardiopulmonary system pathophysiology along with common issues seen often in today’s environment. Also a review of heart failure, along with pulmonary hypertension, will be presented with common treatment plans. Finally, a discussion and presentation of sepsis and its effects on the heart and lungs will also be presented. 

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Describe the cardiac electrical system in atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter.
  • Understand how cardiac ablation works to correct atrial disturbances.
  • Have a better understanding of the cardiac and respiratory systems’ pathophysiology.
  • List the different types of pulmonary hypertension.
  • Describe how sepsis affects both the heart and lungs.


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 4:00 pm

  • Cardiac Anatomy and Pathophysiology
  • Heart Blocks
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Atrial Flutter
  • Supraventricular Tachycardia
  • Heart Failure
  • Cardiac Medications

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

  • Respiratory Anatomy and Physiology
  • Ventilator Modes | CPAP | BiPAP
  • Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS)
  • Chronic Obstetructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Shock and Sepsis
  • Case Scenarios | Q&A