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Critical Care Adventure: Stabilization and Management of the Critically Ill Patient

Author(s): Helen Brown, Thomas VanDruff

Contact Hours 2.50

CERP A 2.50

Pharmacology Hours 1.25

Expires Dec 15, 2026

Topics: Patient Safety, Pharmacology

Population: Adult

Role: APRN

Member: Free
NonMember: $25.00

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

Acute deterioration of hospitalized patients resulting in unplanned intensive care admissions, unexpected death and/or cardiac arrests is a high-stakes, high-anxiety scenario for APRNs. This novel, highly interactive session utilizes an evolving case study format with choose-your-own-adventure polling questions to equip the APRN with knowledge and strategies to identify patients at risk for deterioration and to accurately and rapidly intervene to improve patient outcomes.


  • Formulate a systematic approach to assess and manage patients experiencing an acute clinical change since initial assessment.
  • Develop evaluation and management strategies for a patient exhibiting shock, acute respiratory failure and metabolic disturbance.
  • Determine a management plan for the unstable patient until transfer to a higher level of care or stabilization.

Continuing Education Disclosure Statement

Successful Completion

Learners must attend/view/read the entire activity, read Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes, and complete the associated evaluation to be awarded the contact hours or CERP. No partial credit will be awarded.


The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider number CEP 1036, for 2.50 contact hours.

Accreditation refers to recognition of continuing education only and does not imply AACN, ANCC, or CBRN approval or endorsement of any commercial products discussed or displayed in conjunction with this educational activity.


Any relevant relationship between an ineligible company and an individual with the ability to influence clinical content will be identified by the Nurse Planner within the activity. Any relevant relationship between an ineligible company and an individual with the ability to influence clinical content has been mitigated.

AACN programming meets the standards for most states that require mandatory continuing education contact hours for license and/or certification renewal. AACN recommends consulting with your state board of nursing or credentialing organization before submitting CE to fulfill continuing education requirements.

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