GI Issues in the ICU and GI Emergencies: Listen to Your Gut

Author(s): Eleanor Fitzpatrick

Contact Hours 1.25

CERP A 1.25

Expires Oct 15, 2026

Topics: Gastrointestinal, Sepsis

Population: Adult

Role: Staff

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

Critical care nurses who maintain vigilance for aberrant conditions of the GI tract are formidable foes to the adversity which accompanies these illnesses. The session takes a high-level approach to life-threatening GI issues and emergencies of intestinal ischemia/infarction, obstruction and perforation with sepsis. Clinical clues to aid recognition of true GI emergencies are presented, helping attendees in techniques of rapid assessment and interventions for patients with these dangerous conditions.


  • Discuss the incidence and etiology of abdominal vascular emergencies, GI obstruction and perforation and serious biliary disorders.
  • Correlate clinical evaluation and management of patients with intestinal ischemia or infarction, bowel obstruction or biliary emergencies.
  • Review the significant symptoms of GI illnesses within the context of GI anatomy and apply management strategies to case-based scenarios.

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 1.25 contact hours.

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