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Heart Failure: Medication Management

presented by Lisa A. Gorski, MS, RN, HHCNS-BC, CRNI, FAAN

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Financial: Lisa Gorski receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. She also receives compensation from 3M, BD Medical, Genentech, and Nexus Medical. She also receives book royalties from FA Davis and is a consultant for Rockwell Medical. Lisa has stock in ivWatch and is an employee at Ascension at Home.

Nonfinancial: Lisa Gorski is a professional member of Infusion Nurses Society and is an editorial board member for Home Healthcare Now.

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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Video Runtime: 20 Minutes, Learning Assessments: 53 Minutes

This is the second course in the heart failure (HF) certificate program and builds upon content in the first course addressing anatomy and pathophysiology of HF. The certificate course consists of seven modules and is aimed at nurses, therapists, and case managers working in all healthcare settings. The major categories of HF medications, their actions, and potential adverse reactions will be addressed. Issues that impact successful patient medication management are highlighted.

Meet Your Instructor

Lisa A. Gorski, MS, RN, HHCNS-BC, CRNI, FAAN

Lisa Gorski has worked for more than 30 years as a clinical nurse specialist (CNS) for Wheaton Franciscan Home Health & Hospice, now part of Ascension at Home, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. As a CNS, she has developed and oversees the home infusion therapy program, provides staff education, and is involved in agency quality assessment, performance…

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1. Medications That Counteract the Compensatory Mechanisms in Systolic HF

Critical to systolic HF is treatment with medications that counteract the sympathetic nervous system and the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system The medication classes of angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors, angiotensin receptor blockers, angiotensin receptor blocker-neprilysin inhibitors, and aldosterone antagonists are covered in this chapter, including important aspects of monitoring for adverse reactions.

2. Other HF Medications and Medication Management in Diastolic HF

Other medications, including diuretics and digoxin, are addressed in this chapter. Current recommendations for the management of patients with diastolic HF is also included.

3. Medication Management in HF: General Issues

Adherence to medications is essential in management of HF and reducing the risk for disease exacerbation and hospitalizations. Medication reconciliation and overall medication management strategies are addressed in this chapter.

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