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Author: Shane Slone

Author Bio: Shane Slone is a doctorally-prepared acute care nurse practitioner with extensive experience in critical care. His areas of interest include shock, sepsis, rapid response, and resusciation.


Alterations in clotting homeostasis can cause both excessive blood loss and clotting. In this course we will discuss three of the most common causes of acute coagulopathies in hospitalized patients. We will focus on understanding the presentation, natural history, and nursing care of these patients.

Course outline:

1.) Overview of DIC, TTP and ITP (15 minutes)
2.) Expected history and physical findings in patients with coagulopathies (15 minutes)
3.) Expected labratory findings in patients with coagulopathies (10 minutes)
4.) Treatment and nursing care: DIC (10 minutes)
5.) Treatment and nursing care: TTP (10 minutes)
6.) Treatment and nursing care: ITP (10 minutes)
7.) Case studies and conclusion (20 minutes)
8.) References

Accreditation statement:

Accreditation statement: Nursing CE Central is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

After completing this course, the learner will be able to:

1.) Describe the presentation and natural history of patients with disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC), Thrombotic thrombotic purpura (TTP), and idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP).

2.) Understand the goals of nursing care for patients with DIC, TTP, and ITP.

3.) Formulate a nursing care plan for patients experiencing DIC, TTP, and ITP.

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Accreditations and approvals:

ANCC (Provider# P0614)
California BRN (Provider# 17418)
Kentucky Board of Nursing (Provider# 7-0090)

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Conflict of interest statement:

Nursing CE Central nor any of the authors, planners, content experts or any contributors have a commercial interest nor were influenced by commercial interests in the creation of this course, financially or otherwise.