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Cardiovascular Assessment

presented by Amanda Fay, MSN, RN and Clinical Procedure Manual Review Board

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Financial: Amanda Fay receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. She has no other financial interests.

Nonfinancial: Amanda Fay is an employee of Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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A cardiovascular assessment is commonly conducted to understand the patient's current status as it deviates from baseline or normal functioning. The results of this assessment are then used to develop a comprehensive clinical picture with the primary care provider, to develop a proper plan of care, and to implement interventions.

In this training, we'll review the equipment and procedures for the Cardiovascular Assessment. This course includes
- Video demonstrations of procedures
- Downloadable procedure guide PDFs
- Tips and best practices for performing these procedures in the home

Throughout the procedure, nursing staff, physical therapists, and physician assistants must consider the patient's age, past medical history, surgical interventions, thoracic trauma, and any medication use.
We will learn how to assess cardiovascular anatomy through inspection, palpation, and auscultation as well as assess cardiovascular function through a series of subjective and objective questions.
This course was reviewed by Danielle Pierotti, RN, PhD, CENP, to ensure the content meets current professional guidelines and best evidence-based practices.

Meet Your Instructors

Amanda Fay, MSN, RN

Amanda Fay is a clinical education and evidence-based practice educator, MSN, and RN with more than 21 years of nursing and education experience. She is an innovator with a passion for creating engaging, relevant programs that support individuals reaching their highest potential in both personal and professional domains. In Amanda's current role as a clinical…

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Clinical Procedure Manual Review Board,

The MedBridge Clinical Procedure Manual Review Board ensures the development and maintenance of up-to-date and evidence-based clinical procedures. The review board is composed of leading nurse experts in the field: Danielle Pierotti, RN, PhD, CENP, and Margherita Labson, RN, BSN, MSHSA. The review board is involved in selecting the scope of procedures developed, approving subject…

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1. Introduction

This chapter includes an introduction to cardiovascular assessment, information on all of the equipment needed for cardiac assessment, and recommended infection control policies.

2. Procedure: Cardiovascular Assessment

This chapter will provide a step-by-step procedure guide and video demonstration of a cardiovascular assessment.

3. Subjective Assessment

This chapter includes a list of questions you can use for your subjective assessment. It also includes the steps for vital sign assessments and deeper-dive assessments.

4. Tips, Precautions, and Care Considerations

This chapter provides tips and considerations for performing these skills in the home.

5. Documentation Guidelines

This chapter provides recommendations on what to note when documenting for patients receiving cardiovascular care.

6. Patient Education

This chapter provides information on what education the patient needs to support self-management of their care.

7. Conclusion

This chapter includes learning assessment questions to assess the learner’s knowledge of skills covered in this course. A bibliography of referenced material is also included.

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