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Special Considerations for Patients with HF Undergoing Surgical Procedures

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Course Overview

Special Considerations for Patients with HF Undergoing Surgical Procedures

Author: Keith Wemple
BSN, RN, CCRN, CMC

Heart failure (HF) is one of the most common chronic health problems in the United States. With how common HF is, it is important for all nurses to have a fundamental understanding of this disease process. One specific phase of care that presents a risk to HF patients is surgery. Surgical procedures pose a risk of cardiovascular complications to all patients, and the risk is significantly higher in patients with a diagnosis of HF. Therefore, it is vitally important for nurses working in the operative area to have an understanding of HF and its inherent risks for surgical procedures. Nurses should know what signs to look for in the preoperative, intraoperative and postoperative environment. Of course, it will also be important for these nurses to know how to handle these complications should they arise.

Course Outline

  1. Introduction 
  2. Basics of Heart Failure
  3. Preserved vs Reduced Ejection Fraction 
  4. Right vs Left Heart Failure
  5. How Surgery and HF Affect Each Other 
  6. Surgical Process
    – Preoperative Care
    Intraoperative Care
    – Postoperative Care 
  7. Handling Complications 
  8. Conclusion 
  9. References

Accreditation Statement

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

In this course we will discuss the risks and special considerations for patients with HF undergoing surgical procedures. It will take the average learner 120 minutes to complete.

Course Outcomes

After completing this course, the learner will rate 4 out of 5 on the Likert Scale for their ability to:

  1. Identify risks of patients with heart failure undergoing a surgical procedure.
  2. Explain care specific to heart failure patients in each phase of perioperative care. 
  3. Identify treatment options for potential complications of heart failure patients undergoing surgery. 

Target Audience

  • Registered Nurses (RN)
  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN)
  • Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN/LVN)

Requirement for Completion

  1. Enrollment in the course by the learner
  2. Read and learn all course materials
  3. Complete the course evaluation
  4. Attest and testify learning of the course materials

Accreditations + Approvals

  • American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) (P0614)
  • California Board of Registered Nursing (CEP 17418)
  • Kentucky Board of Nursing (7-0090)
  • Louisiana State Board of Nursing (58)
  • New York State Department of Education (IC 208)
  • Florida Board of Nursing (50-23983)

Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships

Nursing CE Central nor any of the authors, planners, content experts, or any contributors have any relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies to disclose.

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Course created on: April 22, 2021

Course Renewed On: April 11, 2024

Course Expires on: April 11, 2027

Course Offering: #55