Lecture Topics

Tricks of the Trade: Critical Care Concepts Made Easy! 

It’s magic! Targeting staff nurses and critical care educators alike, this interactive presentation demonstrates successfully utilized tools and techniques designed to promote understanding of a menagerie of critical care concepts. Plunge into preload and afterload, map your way into MI interpretation, and make sense of pacemaker sensitivity once and for all. An enthusiasm to learn, an open mind, and a basic understanding of critical care vernacular are the only tickets needed to see this show. Before the final curtain drops, it will be your turn to wave that magic wand and reveal your trade secrets. Whether you need to enhance your understanding of essential critical care concepts or desire to discover new ways to teach old tricks, this is the session for you!

Driving with Confidence Through Myocardial Infarction

Recognizing myocardial ischemia, injury, and infarction is a fundamental skill required of nurses in many practice arenas. Learning to identify the clues on a 12-lead EKG can be overwhelming. This creative, systematic approach includes first learning the rules of the road while watching for landmarks of interest; colorfully navigating lead groups; correlating major arteries with the myocardial terrain they feed; identifying pathologically altered pathways; and predicting conduction defects that may result. No more potholes or detours on your journey to successfully identifying the warning signs of danger lurking ahead. Your patients will benefit from earlier intervention with the final destination: improved outcomes. An enthusiasm to learn and an open mind are the only prerequisites for you to get on the highway to understanding these often perplexing concepts. Whether you need to enhance your own skills or desire to discover a new way to teach MI identification, this session is for you! 

Mapping Your Way Through Right Ventricular and Posterior MIs 

Knowing how to identify MI on traditional 12 lead EKGs is an important skill for nursing staff in a variety of settings. Recognizing right ventricular and posterior MIs is often paramount to ensuring all patients are treated quickly and with appropriate interventions. Don’t miss this “window” of opportunity as you learn to recognize these adversaries whose EKG presentation may be misleading. Know that your interventions will save both time and muscle. 

Windows to the World of EKG Interpretation 

While the twelve-lead electrocardiogram is a highly useful test that is inexpensive, simple to perform, noninvasive, and immensely valuable as an initial screening tool, without personnel trained to interpret the results, it is of little value. Educators of all disciplines are challenged with finding ways to condense this large body of information into a useable format that works well in the classroom setting while, at the same time, transfers easily to the clinical arena. Targeting the staff nurse and educator alike, this interactive session will have you peering through stained glass “windows” that will open your eyes to a whole new world of EKG interpretation.

MI in Disguise! 

Recognizing myocardial ischemia, injury, and infarction on 12 lead EKGs is an important skill for clinicians in an ever-expanding variety of clinical settings. Perhaps even more important is recognition of conditions that “look like” MI but are just another diagnosis “in disguise”. Targeted to health care providers interested in growing their EKG interpretation skills related to differential diagnosis of myocardial infarction, this session will briefly review EKG presentations of myocardial ischemia, injury, and infarction and then move into “unmasking” diagnoses that mimic MI. You will feel like you “just put on your glasses!”

Having a Ball Learning Fascicular Block! 

Recognizing Bundle Branch Block on twelve lead EKGs is a simple skill easily learned by even the novice critical care practitioner. Sorting out blocks of the two left fascicles creates havoc for even some of the most seasoned critical care practitioners. Come “have a ball” learning to distinguish between left anterior and posterior fascicular blocks in this visual portrayal of two of EKGs most elusive diagnoses. You won’t believe how “transparent” the differences can be! Prerequisite knowledge includes a hungry mind and the ability to identify left and right bundle branch block on the twelve lead EKG.

Wide Complex Tachycardias: Stopping the Insanity! 

Differentiating wide complex tachyarrhythmias, the bane of EKG interpretation, continues to baffle health care providers of all disciplines. Fat “r” waves, rabbit ears, and axis….rules that are great in theory but not doable in practice…These and a myriad of other criteria have been adopted over the years to help distinguish between these often elusive EKG tracings keeping the “bad boy” reputation strong while driving clinicians to distraction! Its time to stop the insanity! We’ll review three different methods to screen EKGs for the answer to the often asked question..is it Vtach or SVT? Emerge feeling sane and able to apply a simple 2-step method using only 4 of the twelve leads of your EKG tracing. 

Driving Through Oxygen Delivery and Consumption 

Toot your horn, rev your engines, and get ready for the ride of your life! Principles of oxygen delivery and consumption and the inherent equations associated with these concepts often leave critical care nurses overwhelmed and resistant to utilizing this information in the clinical setting. This simple analogy utilizes a trucking company to explain not only the concepts but the equations required to pull it all together. See the magic unfold as the cargo of life’s sustenance is loaded, transported, delivered and selectively consumed at the cellular level. Now that we’re cruisin’, prepare to shift gears while learning to apply these principles to the commonly encountered critical care scenarios of sepsis, hypothermia, acid/base imbalances, and more. The highway to improved decision making, interventions, and ultimately patient outcomes is just around the corner.

Ticklin’ the Ticker-Pacing Concepts Brought to Life! 

The need to understand basic pacing concepts is paramount to caring for critically ill patients with cardiac problems. So too is disarming the fear that seems to envelope nurses faced with both learning these principles and subsequently applying them in practice. Come have your funny bone tickled as this presentation literally “brings to life” the terminology that pervades many clinicians and prevents them from understanding even the basic vernacular required to care for patients utilizing this life saving technology. Walk away with a sense of pride and accomplishment while having learned how to keep those tickers talking!

Exiting the Maze, Clearing the Haze: An Algorithm for Treating Hypotension in the Postoperative Cardiac Surgical Patient

Learning to care for the postoperative cardiac surgical patient is a multifaceted task requiring rapid problem identification and appropriate intervention to optimize outcomes and prevent complications. Hypotension, a commonly occurring symptom in this patient population, is often treated with the knee jerk response of a fluid bolus when critical analysis of the problem would have identified a very different etiology requiring another more appropriate intervention. This session is designed to first introduce the algorithm and subsequently apply it to simple case studies often encountered in an ICU setting. Practice maneuvering the maze of causes and interventions in the safety of the classroom setting and get set for the powerful clarity that will result from growing your critical thinking skills related to this patient population.