10 - 11 Jun 2021

Managing Cardiovascular Dysfunction in the Clinical Setting Seminar

QRC: 4095
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Why Attend

Cardiac disease and dysfunctions are a major killer of humans. Because so much new evidence that relates to cardiac health is coming to the fore, it is essential that nurses, who are often on the frontline of care, have access to up-to-date information about best practices, appropriate skills and treatment goals.

This seminar is designed for nurses working in all areas of healthcare, as patients may present with cardiovascular dysfunction as their main complaint or as an unknown or underlying comorbid condition.


8:30am - Registration and Refreshments


Welcome and Overview


Understanding the Cardiovascular System

This introductory session will provide the foundation for understanding how the cardiovascular system works and how to assess for cardiac dysfunction in your patient. You will have an opportunity to reflect on your current level of knowledge and brush up on the following:

  • Cardiac anatomy and physiology
  • The electrical and mechanical events within the heart
  • Relevance of cardiovascular vital signs when assessing a patient
  • Preload assessment
    • Starling’s law
    • CVP and JVP measurements
    • Fluid/hydration status and fluid balance
    • Intravascular versus interstitial fluid
  • Contractility assessment
    • Heart rate and rhythm
    • Pulse strength
    • Stroke volume and cardiac output
    • Cardiomegaly on chest x-ray
  • Afterload assessment
    • Core v skin temperature
    • Capillary refill
    • Skin colour
  • End organ perfusion assessment

11:00am - Morning Tea


Understanding the Different Types of Shock

This session builds on the previous session to solidify your understanding of preload, contractility and afterload in relation to various shock states. It will aid your understanding regarding:

  • The pathophysiology of shock
  • The relationship between preload, contractility and afterload
  • The differences between hypovolemic, cardiogenic and distributive shock


Managing the Patient with Hypovolemic Shock

Once you have learnt how to identify the patient experiencing hypovolemic shock, this session will go into more detail of the various causes and management principles, including:

  • Isotonic v hypertonic fluid choices
  • Massive blood transfusion
  • Electrolyte considerations when managing the hypovolemic patient

1:15pm - Lunch and Networking


Managing the Patient with Cardiogenic Shock

Once you have learnt how to identify the patient experiencing cardiogenic shock, this session will go into more detail of the various causes and management principles, including:

  • The impact of obstructive shock, including pulmonary embolism, cardiac tamponade and tension pneumothorax
  • The impact of various cardiomyopathies
  • Supportive v corrective management considerations

3:15pm - Afternoon Tea


Managing the Patient with Distributive Shock

Once you have learnt how to identify the patient experiencing distributive shock, this session will go into more detail of the various causes and management principles, including:

  • Systemic inflammatory response syndrome, sepsis and anaphylaxis
  • The pathophysiology of sepsis and septic shock
  • Clinical utilisation of the SOFA score in sepsis
  • Current evidence-based management principles of sepsis and anaphylaxis

4:45pm - Close of Day One of Seminar

9:00am - Commencement of Day Two


Review of Day One and Overview of Day Two


Understanding the Concepts of Permanent and Temporary Pacemakers

This introductory revision session will provide the foundation for stroke volume and cardiac output. Whether your patient has a permanent or a temporary pacemaker, this comprehensive session will improve your understanding of:

  • The indications and aims of pacing
  • The international pacemaker code and the different modes of pacing
  • The most optimal pacing mode choice based on intrinsic rhythm
  • Recognising sensitivity and capture issues with pacing
  • Troubleshooting and threshold checking for temporary pacing

11:00am - Morning Tea


Valvular Heart Disease

Valvular heart disease is a common condition amongst Australians, and it is characterised by the malfunctioning of one or more of the heart's valves. This session will introduce valvular heart disease and review:

  • The occurrence of valvular heart disease
  • Risk factors for valvular heart disease
  • Understanding the pathophysiology of valvular heart disease
  • Patient symptoms that differentiate between different valvular stenosis and regurgitation


Heart Murmurs and Extra Heart Sounds

This interactive session builds on the previous session by focusing on a practical approach to identifying valvular heart disease and various cardiac dysfunction, including:

  • How to auscultate heart sounds and murmurs
  • Recognising abnormal heart sounds and murmurs
  • Differentiating between valvular stenosis or regurgitation in relation to murmurs auscultated

1:15pm - Lunch and Networking


Managing the Patient with Acute Coronary Syndrome

This session will aid in your ability to identify and manage a patient experiencing an acute coronary syndrome, including:

  • Modifiable and unmodifiable risk factors for ischaemic heart disease
  • The differences between angina, unstable angina, STEMI and NSTEMI
  • The relationship between the coronary arteries and the 12-lead ECG
  • Management of acute coronary syndrome
  • The important differences of managing a right ventricular infarction

3:45pm - Afternoon Tea and Coffee


Heart Failure

Heart failure is a chronic condition that is often the result of sub-optimally managed acute cardiac dysfunction, and it may lead to numerous complications in a patient. This session will explore:

  • The pathophysiology of chronic heart failure and how clinical symptoms manifest in the patient
  • The difference between hypertrophic, restrictive and dilated heart failure
  • The significance of an ejection fraction
  • The management of chronic heart failure

4:45pm - Close of Seminar and Evaluations


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Sue de Muelenaere

Sue de Muelenaere is a registered nurse with more than 20 years’ experience as a nurse educator. Sue completed a five-year bachelor of nursing degree in South Africa, which included training in psychiatric and community nursing and midwifery. Since then, Sue has worked extensively in the intensive care environment, during which she has presented various courses, including an honour’s degree, a diploma in intensive care, and various short cardiac and ECG courses. Sue also holds an honour’s degree in advanced nursing science (intensive care nursing) and diplomas in nursing education and nursing administration. She was the education manager in a specialised heart hospital where she was responsible for the education of all hospital staff, including non-nursing staff members. Sue is passionate about teaching. She maintains a special interest in all aspects of nursing the critically-ill patient.

Need for Program

All nurses working in a wide variety of settings, particularly in acute care, will encounter patients with cardiovascular dysfunction. There is a need to stay up-to-date on the assessment, pathophysiology and evidence-based nursing actions relating to cardiovascular dysfunction to improve patient outcomes.

Purpose of Program

Improve patient outcomes for people who present with cardiovascular dysfunction through assessment, understanding of relevant pathophysiology and appropriate evidence-based nursing actions.

Your learning outcomes

  • Review the cardiovascular system
  • Apply current evidence in the assessment and management of a range of cardiovascular dysfunctions to patients in your setting
  • Analyse clinical assessment findings, determine their significance and relate them to the pathophysiological processes occurring in the patient
  • Enhance the depth of clinical assessment and appropriateness of interventions through updates on cardiac conditions

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QRC: 4095
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