Acute Pancreatitis: Autodigestion Gone Bad!
Learning ObjectivesAt the completion of this program, you will be able to:
- Discuss the normal functions of the pancreas.
- Identify etiology and pathophysiological changes that occur with acute pancreatitis.
- Discuss multidisciplinary management strategies for of acute pancreatitis.
Continuing Education Information
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This presentation provides information on etiologies, signs/symptoms and management of the patient with pancreatitis with the potentially lethal complications of pancreatic-fluid collections, pseudocysts and necrosis. Acute pancreatitis is a potentially lethal disease that is increasing in incidence. Ten to thirty percent of all patients with severe acute pancreatitis will eventually die as a result of systemic inflammatory response, septic shock and multiple organ failure. The target audience for this presentation is critical care nurses caring for patients with pancreatitis. The outcome of this presenation is to recognize multidisciplinary management strategies for the prevention and treatment of pancreatitis complicated by pancreatic fluid collection, psuedocysts, and necrosis.
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