Critical Care

Full Course:  20 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits for CME / CEU / CPD

Short Course:  10 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits for CME / CEU / CPD

Course(s) are appropriate for:  Emergency Physicians, Pediatricians, General Practitioners, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Physician Assistants (PA-C's)

Series 6 (CC6) Topics Include:  Timing and Dosing of Tranexamic Acid, Critically Ill Surgical Patients, Hypotension During Cesarean, Repairing Hernias, and more. 

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Course Topics

Highlights from Trauma, Critical Care, and Acute Care Surgery 2019

Weigh advantages and disadvantages of prehospital administration of tranexamic acid; Determine optimal timing and dosing of tranexamic acid in trauma patients; Institute guidelines for prophylaxis of DVT; Explain the role of angioembolization in solid-organ injuries in adults and children; Select patients suitable for NOM of penetrating wounds of the abdomen.


Neurocritical Care for Intracerebral Hemorrhage / Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy

Weigh the advantages and disadvantages of thrombolytic therapy in patients with intraventricular hemorrhage; Implement strategies to manage infectious and noninfectious fever in critically ill neurologic patients; Evaluate patients with chronic traumatic encephalopathy for neurocognitive deficits; Elaborate on the role of tauopathy in the progression of chronic traumatic encephalopathy; Differentiate the effects of neurologic trauma caused by blast exposure from those caused by impact injuries.

Update on Trauma and Critical Care Surgery

Weigh the advantages and disadvantages of hybrid operating rooms and rooms with portable C-arm devices for performance of endovascular techniques in trauma patients; Identify the effects of long-term use of opioids; Recognize factors associated with high risk for long-term adverse effects in patients treated in the intensive care unit; Implement an algorithm for the treatment of duodenal injuries; Employ appropriate surgical strategies in patients with pancreatic trauma.

Thyroid Cancer/Fluid Management /Persistent Critical Illness Syndrome

Recognize multiple endocrine neoplasia 2 in patients with medullary thyroid cancer (MTC); Plan appropriate treatment for patients with MTC; Select noninvasive methods to assess volume status in critically ill surgical patients; Identify therapeutic interventions that increase the risk for persistent critical illness syndrome; Institute strategies that improve outcomes in critically ill surgical patients.

Anesthesia Concerns for Children

Predict differences in drug distribution based on the differing body compositions of premature babies, term babies, and adults; Recognize the effect of protein binding on drug dosing schedules for premature and newborn babies; Adjust drug doses to account for decreased clearance in young children with immature hepatic and renal systems; Identify signs of sudden-onset cardiomyopathy in children; Ensure adequate preparations for treatment of sudden deterioration in children with cardiomyopathies who are receiving sedation and anesthesia.

Literature Update

Evaluate and treat chronic migraine and first-time seizures; Appropriately order advanced imaging for neurologic emergencies; Resuscitate patients in cardiac arrest and septic shock; Optimize treatment for traumatic brain injury and stroke; Manage patients with respiratory failure.

Neurologic Complications of Epidural Anesthesia/Airway Management in Pediatrics

Recognize and diagnose postpartum nerve palsies; Provide effective treatments for patients with postdural puncture headaches; Employ strategies to minimize risks of postpartum complications when placing epidurals for labor analgesia; Identify issues with airway management that are likely to occur in children; Use clinically effective devices to manage difficult pediatric airways.

Preoperative Cardiac Testing/Technology in Anesthesia

Weigh the advantages and disadvantages of preoperative cardiac testing; Factor the degree of discordance among preoperative cardiac assessment tools into decision making; Identify patients with good indications for preoperative cardiac testing; Recognize the challenges associated with developing a machine-learning model to predict respiratory decompensation; Elaborate on the steps involved in the creation of a machinelearning algorithm for predicting and treating hypotension during cesarean delivery.

Epilepsy/Status Epilipticus

Identify risk factors, causes, and patterns of recurrent seizures in patients with epilepsy; Develop strategies for medical management of seizures in patients with epilepsy; Select patients with medication-refractory epilepsy who may benefit from surgical treatment or nonsurgical alternatives; Review the pathophysiology and common causes of status epilepticus; Utilize strategies for treatment of primary and refractory status epilepticus.

Hernia Repair/Quality Control/ Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy

Characterize the different options for repairing inguinal hernias; Choose the appropriate repair technique for an inguinal hernia, according to recommendations from the HerniaSurge Group; Manage difficult or unexpected scenarios in the operating room; Implement the various types of quality measures used to assess surgeons and institutions; Select patients with colorectal cancer and peritoneal disease who may benefit from hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy.


Additional Information

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Other courses of interest may include: Trauma, Emergency Medicine, Clinical Pharmacology, Neurology and Neuro-Otology

For over 30 years, ASI has provided Continuing Medical Education, CME & CEU and Continuing Professional Development Education (CPD) for physicians and allied professionals in Addiction plus over 40 other specialties and subspecialties.  Lectures are recorded annually at the top seminars and conferences to provide the most current medical education to our clients.



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