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Management and Collaborative Care of the Critically Ill Patient

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Course Description

The primary purpose of this program is to provide an overview of high-acuity and low-volume clinical states encountered in the critically ill patient. Clinical issues including GI bleeding, respiratory failure, renal/hepatic dysfunction as well as neurologic consequences of critical illness are discussed in detail with a focus on rapid recognition, aggressive resuscitation and mechanism-based care.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Identify onset and progression of acute asthma and ARDS leading to profound respiratory failure.
  • Identify management priorities in resuscitation for the patient experiencing severe GI bleeding.
  • Appraise risk factors for acute kidney injury.
  • Analyze clinical assessment findings to identify neurologic complications of critical illness.
  • Analyze clinical findings and multisystem consequences of hepatic injury.


Sign-in begins at 7:30 am. The 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.

8:00 am to 4:00 pm

  • Liver Failure: Cause and Consequence
    Mechanism of Hepatic Injury, Fulminant Hepatic Failure | Clinical Management and Collaborative Care | Mechanism-Based Care
  • Upper GI Bleeding
    Risk Factors and Causes | Clinical Priorities and ABCs of Care | Esophageal Variceal Hemorrhage
  • Acute Renal Failure as a Consequence of Critical Illness
    Types of Renal Failure | Hepatorenal Syndrome
  • Acute Asthma: The Pulmonary Nightmare
    Pathophysiology | Mechanism-Based Management | Ventilator Management | Sedation, Analgesia, NeuroMuscular Blockade
  • ARDS: Clinical Management and Outcomes
    Pathophysiology and Risk Factors | Multidisciplinary Collaboration: ICU to Rehabilitation to Home
  • Neurological Consequences of Critical Illness
    Factors Impacting Neurological Assessment | GCS and LOC Evaluation | Peripheral Nervous System: Polyneuropathy
  • Pain and Symptom Management in the Critically Ill
    Mechanisms of Pain and Symptom Development | Differentiating Symptoms: Cause vs. Consequence