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Clots Kill: Hematologic Pharmacology for ST-Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction

Author(s): Stacy H. James, RN, MSN, CCRN, ACNP

Contact Hours: 1.00

CERP A: 1.00

Pharmacology Hours: 0.75

Expires Dec 01, 2016

Topics: HematologyOncology, Pharmacology, Cardiovascular

Population: Adult

Role: APRN, Staff

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Drugs that work on the hematologic system play an important role in helping to limit the morbidity and mortality that can be associated with an acute coronary syndrome. The pharmacology of the fibrinolytic agents, thrombin inhibitors, and antiplatelet agents is described. A case study of a woman having an ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction is reviewed to highlight the importance of drugs that work on the hematologic system.


  • Distinguish between the mechanisms of action of hematologic agents used in the treatment of ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction
  • Differentiate between the pharmacodynamics of 2 classes of antiplatelet agents used in patients experiencing acute coronary syndrome
  • State 3 benefits of giving educational handouts to patients receiving hematologic drugs

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