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Overview of the Cardiac Catheterization Process

presented by Jo Ann Pelaez-Fisher, PhD, RN

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Financial— Jo Ann Pelaez-Fisher receives compensation from MedBridge for the production of this course. There are no other relevant financial relationships. Nonfinancial— No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.

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Video Runtime: 70 Minutes; Learning Assessment Runtime: 31 Minutes

This course will provide essential details for caring for patients who have had invasive coronary procedures. The course will differentiate between right cardiac catheterization and left cardiac catheterization. Preprocedure, intraprocedure, and postprocedure expectations will be discussed. his course will present purposes for cardiac catheterization, topics to explain to the patients and their families, and possible complications related to the procedure. Common catheterization findings, such as valve disease, pulmonary hypertension, and coronary disease, will be briefly discussed.

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Jo Ann Pelaez-Fisher, PhD, RN

Jo Ann holds a PhD in Nursing from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, where her dissertation focused on the assessment of cultural competence, dementia attitude, and knowledge of Alzheimer's disease among tertiary health care providers. She holds a Master of Science in Healthcare Administration from Bellevue University in Nebraska and a Bachelor of Science…

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1. Basic Anatomy of the Heart

Nurses should have a good understanding of the basic anatomy of the heart to recognize interventions performed on the heart. An overview of the cardiac anatomy will be presented with visual images. This will include the internal and external anatomical structures. Coronary arteries will be reviewed along with the common electrical conduction path.

2. Right vs. Left Cardiac Catheterization

Differences between the right and left cardiac catheterization will be discussed in detail. Patients may undergo one or both procedures and may not understand the diagnostic importance of each. Participants will develop an understanding of implications for right versus left cardiac catheterization and will learn strategies to educate patients and families.

3. Procedural Expectations

A health care provider with a solid understanding of the expectations for invasive coronary interventions improves patient care. Course participants will understand which important documents, laboratory tests, and additional items are required prior to the procedure.

4. Procedure Complication Management

Health care providers knowledgeable about how to manage post-procedure complications from invasive coronary interventions can improve patient outcomes. Complications discussed include access management, vagal response, reactions to contrast, and medication interactions. Findings from the procedures, such as valve disease, pulmonary hypertension, and coronary disease, will briefly be discussed.

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