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Sepsis: The hemodynamic
challenging patient


Angela Craig, MS, APN, CCNS, CCRN-K                       


Sepsis is one of the most complex of all types of hemodynamic disturbances. It is the shock state that changes from a volume-depleted, low blood flow state to a high flow, hyperdynamic state as the patient's condition worsens. Consequently, treatment varies according to the patient's hemodynamic picture. A fundamental understanding of hemodynamic abnormalities and associated therapies is of critical importance for practicing clinicians. This presentation will focus on a sepsis case study to show how hemodynamic variables and reliable cardiac monitoring systems can assist in rapid assessment and intervention to then improve patient outcomes.  


Learning Objectives:  

  1. Discuss the importance of a reliable monitoring system to treat our sepsis patients.

  2. Describe the use of hemodynamic variables to assess and treat patients.

  3. Discuss a sepsis case study to integrate hemodynamic monitoring to maximize best outcomes


Faculty Bio

Angela Craig. MS, APN, CCNS, CCRN-K is the Clinical Nurse Specialist of the ICU at Cookeville Regional Medical Center (CRMC) in Cookeville TN. She has been a Clinical Nurse Specialist for over 25 years and the last 15 have been in the 28 bed ICU at CRMC. A chair of her hospital’s sepsis team, she has led her hospital to be the first sepsis disease-specific certified hospital in the state of Tennessee/ Additionally, she is the Sepsis Alliance Advisory Board Member and Sub Committee Member of this group called The Clinical Community Advisory Committee. She has worked with area nursing homes/long term care facilities/home health care and EMS to increase early identification of potential infections and effective interventions.

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