Cardiac Surgery Pearls of Wisdom: Hemodynamics and Complications

Author(s): Cheryl Herrmann

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP A 1.00

Expires Aug 15, 2026

Topics: Cardiovascular, Hemodynamics

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

Understanding hemodynamics and complications in a cardiac surgery patient helps guide the next steps in clinical management. This session focuses on optimizing cardiac output as determined by preload, afterload, contractility and heart rate in relation to cardiac medications. The so-called triad of disaster complications of acidosis, hypothermia and coagulopathy are highlighted. Priority assessments/interventions are discussed. This is a helpful session for those planning to take the CSC examination.


  • Relate hemodynamic concepts of preload, afterload and contractility to pharmacological treatments in cardiac surgery patients.
  • Discuss assessment cues and management of cardiac surgery patients to prevent and treat complications associated with cardiac surgery.
  • Analyze specific cardiac surgery patient case scenarios to determine appropriate treatment strategies.

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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.


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