Basic Hemodynamic Monitoring

Module Outline

Lesson 1 - Basics of Hemodynamic Monitoring Systems

Topic 1: Basic Components of Hemodynamic Pressure Monitoring Systems
Topic 2: Obtaining Accurate Hemodynamic Values

Lesson 2 - Arterial Pressure Monitoring

Topic 1: Catheter Types and Insertion Techniques
Topic 2: Complications of Arterial Pressure Monitoring
Topic 3: Waveforms and Clinical Applications
Topic 4: Direct Vs. Indirect Measurement of Arterial Pressure
Topic 5: Obtaining Blood Samples
Topic 6: Arterial Catheter Removal

Lesson 3 - Central Venous Pressure Monitoring

Topic 1: Catheter Types
Topic 2: Insertion of Central Catheters — Sites and Techniques
Topic 3: Managing Central Venous Catheters
Topic 4: Waveform Analysis and Clinical Applications
Topic 5: Complications
Topic 6: Water Vs. Pressure Transducer Monitoring

Lesson 4 - Pulmonary Artery Catheters

Topic 1: Indications For PA Catheter
Topic 2: Catheter Types
Topic 3: Insertion
Topic 4: Managing and Troubleshooting PA Catheters
Topic 5: Waveform Analysis
Topic 6: Complications and Associated Problems
Topic 7: Clinical Applications

Lesson 5 - Cardiac Output Monitoring

Topic 1: Factors Affecting Cardiac Output
Topic 2: Methods of Calculating CO
Topic 3: Clinical Application of CO
Topic 4: Minimally invasive and Noninvasive CO Monitoring

Lesson 6 - Oxygenation and Transport

Topic 1: Oxygen Supply and Demand
Topic 2: Types of Catheters 
Topic 3: Causes of Oxygen Supply/Demand Imbalances
Topic 4: Clinical Applications

Lesson 7 - Pharmacological Management of Hemodynamics

Topic 1: Managing Preload
Topic 2: Managing Afterload
Topic 3: Managing Contractility

Module Objectives

  1. Identify and describe the components of a hemodynamic monitoring system.
  2. Describe the elements of, and nursing considerations for, arterial pressure monitoring.
  3. Discuss the indications for, contraindications of and general management principles for, central venous catheters, pulmonary artery catheters, cardiac output testing and mixed venous oxygenation monitoring.
  4. Identify the characteristics of normal and abnormal central venous and pulmonary artery pressure waveforms.
  5. Discuss the indications for, contraindications of and general management principles for cardiac output testing. 
  6. Discuss the pharmacological management of hemodynamics.