Certifications

How to Pass the Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Like A Boss in 2021

The Advanced Cardiac Life Support Certification (ACLS) can be very stressful whether you are taking the examination for the first time or renewing every 2 years. Here are some helpful tips in passing the ACLS Certification Examination.  ADVANCED CARDIOVASCULAR LIFE SUPPORT REVIEW Understanding Basic Life Support Check for responsiveness of the patient If no response, …

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How to Pass the Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Like A Boss in 2021

The Pediatric Advanced Life Support Certification can be very stressful whether you are taking the examination for the first time or renewing every 2 years. Here are some helpful tips in passing the PALS Certification Examination. 2020 Pediatric Advanced Life Support Update Blood Pressure in Pediatrics Low systolic blood pressure is a LATE sign that …

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Understanding Distributive Shock CEN Review 2018

WHAT IS DISTRIBUTIVE AND ANAPHYLACTIC SHOCK? Distributive shock is defined as an abnormal distribution of intravascular volume as a result of (1) decreased sympathetic tone, (2) increased vascular permeability, (3) pooling of blood in venous, capillary beds. What does this mean? The heart (pump) and volume (blood) is adequate, but the fluid is not in …

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Understanding Cardiogenic Shock CEN Review 2018

What is Cardiogenic Shock? Cardiogenic Shock is defined as an inadequate tissue perfusion because of decreased cardiac output despite an adequate intravascular volume. For example, your body has adequate fluid volume but the body’s pump is failing (a.k.a the heart). THE MOST COMMON CAUSE OF CARDIOGENIC SHOCK IS MYOCARDIAL INFARCTION (SPECIFICALLY THE LEFT VENTRICULAR ANTERIOR …

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Understanding Hypovolemic Shock CEN Review 2018

Hypovolemic Shock is defined as an emergency condition in which severe blood or fluid loss makes the heart unable to pump enough blood to the body. This is the MOST COMMON FORM OF SHOCK. What causes Hypovolemic Shock? Hemorrhage, whether traumatic or not, can lead to hypovolemic shock. Hemorrhage can be internal (ruptured aortic aneurysm, …

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Understanding Obstructive and Neurogenic Shock

Neurogenic shock is defined as a loss of sympathetic stimulation, resulting in parasympathetic stimulation. The body experiences a massive vasodilation and the body is unable to compensate for the drop in cardiac output.   What causes Neurogenic Shock? Brain Injury Spinal Cord injury (cervical injury or high thoracic spinal injury) Spinal Anesthesia Neurogenic Shock Assessment …

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