Essentials of Critical Care Orientation (ECCO) - Individual Modules

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You asked for them and AACN listened. ECCO modules are available for purchase as a stand-alone learning unit or combined to create a customized curriculum for your acute or critical care environment.

Tailor the ECCO experience to meet the needs of your institution’s learners and clinical environment. Individual modules are ideal for:

  • Building confidence and strengthening decision-making skills for nurses needing just-in-time education
  • Learners preparing for their practice environment and needing ICU-or PCU-specific modules
  • Orientation for nurses who aim to move from one specialty area of practice to another
  • Education for specialty areas, such as cardiac surgery or neurosurgery, or specialized skills like CRRT
  • Nurses seeking to update or refresh their skills
  • Educational consortiums that train for a variety of hospital critical care units and want a individualized curriculum
  • Long-term acute care hospitals that can choose the modules relevant to their practice
  • Transport nurses who manage critically ill patients and seek to increase skills and confidence with a particular patient population

Review the following ICU and PCU modules, and place your order.

ICU Track

Global Perspectives in the Care of Critically Ill Patients: Part 1 – ICU

2.4 CERP B

Global Perspectives in Critical Care, Part 1 provides content on concepts and frameworks that impact and support nursing practice in all clinical settings. This module includes core concepts such as continuing professional development, team competence and approaches to moral distress, implementing evidence-based practice and key elements of patient safety. Essential frameworks include the Synergy Model, Healthy Work Environment standards and patient- and family-centered care. The module also includes care perspectives for two special populations: older adults and bariatric patients.

Global Perspectives in the Care of Critically Ill Patients: Part 2 – ICU

3.8 CERP A

Global Perspectives in Critical Care Part 2, continues to focus on care considerations that are pervasive in patient care. This module begins with evidence-based assessment and management of pain, agitation and delirium, and continues with a discussion of post-intensive care syndrome and the interventions to decrease its incidence and impact, including the ABCDE bundle. Specific risks common to critically ill patients are addressed, including common healthcare-associated infections and other risks such as VTE, CAUTI and HAPU. The module concludes with a discussion on organizing and coordinating care throughout the hospital stay, as well as managing patients receiving conscious sedation and those recovering from anesthesia.

Caring for Patients with Cardiovascular Disorders: Part 1 – ICU

5.5 CERP A

Cardiovascular Part 1, reviews fundamental information about cardiovascular system assessment and diagnostic testing for critically ill patients. Acute coronary syndromes are described, including the pathophysiologic differences, diagnostic testing and both medical and interventional treatment priorities for ST-elevation MI, non-ST-elevation MI and unstable angina. Complications of MI are addressed, including clinical signs and patient management.

Caring for Patients with Cardiovascular Disorders: Part 2 – ICU

4.9 CERP A

Cardiovascular, Part 2 explores a variety of cardiovascular disorders, including inflammatory diseases, congenital and acquired structural defects, aortic aneurysm and aortic dissection. Peripheral vascular disease and selected electrophysiologic disorders and treatments are addressed, including long QT syndrome, pacemakers and ICDs. Within each topic, you will explore assessments, evidence-based interventions and strategies to prevent complications.

Caring for Patients with Cardiovascular Disorders: Part 3 – ICU

5.3 CERP A

Cardiovascular, Part 3 addresses the various cardiomyopathies (dilated, hypertrophic, stress-induced and restrictive), types of heart failure (systolic, diastolic and right-sided) and valvular heart disease. Learners will apply an understanding of the different pathophysiologies to interpretation of clinical presentation and patient care management priorities.

Caring for Patients with Cardiovascular Disorders: Part 4 – ICU

3.5 CERP A

Cardiovascular, Part 4 explores coronary artery bypass grafting, and cardiac valve repair and replacement. The variety of surgical approaches, physiologic effects of cardiopulmonary bypass and expected patient course are reviewed, along with identification of patient care priorities and the recognition and management of potential complications.

Caring for Patients with Pulmonary Disorders: Part 1 – ICU

4.8 CERP A

Pulmonary, Part 1 provides an in-depth review of pulmonary assessment techniques, including lung sounds, diagnostic tests and arterial blood gas interpretation. Additionally, this module provides a review of oxygen delivery devices and noninvasive positive pressure ventilation. Management of the following disorders are reviewed: pulmonary hypertension, pulmonary emboli, pneumonia, acute respiratory failure, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, acute respiratory distress syndrome and pleural space abnormalities, including pneumothorax and hemothorax. Nursing priorities for managing post-pneumonectomy and post-thoracotomy are also included. Within each topic, you will explore assessments, interventions and potential complications.

Caring for Patients with Pulmonary Disorders: Part 2 – ICU

3.3 CERP A

Pulmonary, Part 2 provides an in-depth review of managing the patient who is receiving invasive mechanical ventilation. Nursing priorities are identified for managing patients with endotracheal vs. tracheostomy tubes, assessing readiness for weaning, weaning and extubation vs. decannulation, and preventing complications associated with mechanical ventilation. Additional content is included specific to patients receiving neuromuscular blockade. Within each topic, you will explore assessments, evidence-based interventions and strategies to prevent complications.

Hemodynamic Monitoring Critically Ill Patients: Part 1 – ICU

3.9 CERP A

Hemodynamics, Part 1 provides an in-depth review of hemodynamic monitoring systems for arterial and central venous pressure monitoring. Topics include basics of components and setup for hemodynamic monitoring, arterial pressure monitoring and waveform analysis, central venous pressure monitoring (CVP) and CVP waveform analysis. Within each topic area you will explore measures to ensure accuracy, troubleshoot hemodynamic monitoring systems and prevent complications.

Hemodynamic Monitoring Critically Ill Patients: Part 2 – ICU

5.4 CERP A

Hemodynamics, Part 2 provides an in-depth review of nursing priorities for hemodynamic monitoring, pulmonary artery pressure monitoring, assessment and consequences of cardiac output monitoring, assessment and interventions for oxygenation and oxygen transport, and nursing priorities for alterations in preload, afterload and contractility. Within each topic area you will explore measures to ensure accuracy, troubleshoot monitoring issues, intervene for alterations and prevent complications.

Caring for Patients with Neurologic Disorders: Part 1 – ICU

4.0 CERP A

Neurologic, Part 1 provides an in-depth review of neurologic assessment techniques, including standardized scales, diagnostic tests, intracranial pressure (ICP) monitoring, an overview of death by neurologic criteria and vital sign evaluation. Nursing priorities for the patient with ICP monitoring include using invasive ICP monitoring, ICP waveform analysis and setup, maintenance and troubleshooting cerebral spinal fluid drains. Within each topic area you will explore measures to ensure accuracy, troubleshoot monitoring issues, intervene for alterations and prevent complications.

Caring for Patients with Neurologic Disorders: Part 2 – ICU

4.9 CERP A

Neurologic, Part 2 addresses neurologic disorders, including strokes, subarachnoid hemorrhage, traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries, seizures and selected central nervous system infections. Presenting signs, diagnosis and treatments are explored with an emphasis on patient care priorities and clinical decision making.

Caring for Patients with Gastrointestinal Disorders – ICU

5.0 CERP A

The gastrointestinal (GI) module includes an overview of GI diagnostic testing and nutritional therapies, including enteral and parenteral nutrition. The learner will explore the diagnosis, management and potential complications of GI bleeding, pancreatitis and liver failure. Measurement of intra-abdominal pressure and management of intra-abdominal hypertension are addressed.

Caring for Patients with Renal Disorders: Part 1 – ICU

4.9 CERP A

Renal, Part 1 provides an in-depth review of assessment tools for monitoring kidney function, nursing priorities for fluid and electrolyte disorders, scoring systems to differentiate acute kidney injury and chronic kidney disease, and an overview of types of renal replacement therapies and temporary vs. permanent access catheters used for dialysis. Within each topic area you will explore measures to intervene for alterations and prevent complications.

Caring for Patients with Renal Disorders: Part 2 – ICU

3.2 CERP A

Renal, Part 2 provides an in-depth overview of principles of renal replacement therapy for the patient experiencing continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT). Topics include evaluating CRRT orders based on patient condition, assessing and troubleshooting the CRRT circuit, calculating fluid removal rates and ensuring patient safety. Within each topic area you will explore measures to intervene for alterations and prevent complications.

Caring for Patients with Endocrine Disorders – ICU

5.0 CERP A

The endocrine module provides an in-depth overview of assessment, management, nursing priorities, and evaluation of managing patients with a variety of endocrine disorders. Topics include assessing the endocrine system, managing diabetes and diabetic emergencies, and managing patients with disorders of the pituitary, adrenal, thyroid and parathyroid glands. Also included is information on patients with cerebral salt wasting and managing hyperglycemia in the critically ill patient with continuous insulin infusions. Within each topic area you will explore assessment tools and diagnostics, measures to intervene for alterations and tips to prevent complications.

Caring for Patients with Hematological Disorders – ICU

4.5 CERP A

The hematology module provides an in-depth overview of assessment, management, nursing priorities, interventions and evaluation for managing patients with a variety of hematologic and coagulation disorders. Topics include laboratory evaluation for hematologic and coagulation disorders, nursing priorities and treatment options for managing patients with thrombocytopenia, heparin-induced thrombocytopenia, disseminated intravascular coagulation, anemia, venous thromboembolism, drug-induced coagulopathies and reversal agents for anticoagulants. Nursing priorities are addressed for patients receiving blood product transfusions and assessing for transfusion complications, including pulmonary edema, transfusion reaction, transfusion-related acute lung injury and transfusion-associated circulatory overload . Within each topic area you will explore assessment tools and diagnostics, measures to intervene for alterations and tips to prevent complications.

Caring for Patients with Multisystem Disorders – ICU 

4.3 CERP A

The multisystem module provides an in-depth review of the different types of shock (hypovolemic, cardiogenic, neurogenic and anaphylactic), the SIRS-sepsis continuum, multisystem organ dysfunction syndrome, rhabdomyolysis, necrotizing fasciitis and behavioral issues in critical care, including alcohol withdrawal and substance abuse. Within each topic, you will explore assessments, evidence-based interventions and strategies to prevent complications.

PCU Track

Global Perspectives in the Care of Critically Ill Patients: Part 1 – PCU

2.4 CERP B

Global Perspectives in Critical Care, Part 1 provides content on concepts and frameworks that impact and support nursing practice in all clinical settings. This module includes core concepts such as continuing professional development, team competence and approaches to moral distress, implementing evidence-based practice and key elements of patient safety. Essential frameworks include the Synergy Model, Healthy Work Environment standards and patient-and family-centered care. The module also includes care perspectives for two special populations: older adults and bariatric patients.

Global Perspectives in the Care of Critically Ill Patients: Part 2 – PCU

3.6 CERP A

Global Perspectives in Critical Care, Part 2 continues to focus on care considerations that are pervasive in patient care. This module begins with evidence-based assessment and management of pain, agitation and delirium, and continues with a discussion of post-intensive care syndrome and the interventions to decrease its incidence and impact, including the ABCDE bundle. Specific risks common to critically ill patients are addressed, including common healthcare-associated infections and other risks such as VTE, CAUTI and HAPU. The module concludes with a discussion on organizing and coordinating care throughout the hospital stay, and managing patients receiving conscious sedation.

Caring for Patients with Cardiovascular Disorders: Part 1 – PCU 

5.5 CERP A

Cardiovascular, Part 1 reviews fundamental information about cardiovascular system assessment and diagnostic testing for critically ill patients. Acute coronary syndromes are described, including the pathophysiologic differences, diagnostic testing and both medical and interventional treatment priorities for ST-elevation MI, non-ST-elevation MI and unstable angina. Complications of MI are addressed, including clinical signs and patient management.

Caring for Patients with Cardiovascular Disorders: Part 2 – PCU

4.9 CERP A

Cardiovascular, Part 2 explores a variety of cardiovascular disorders, including inflammatory diseases, congenital and acquired structural defects, aortic aneurysm and aortic dissection. Peripheral vascular disease and selected electrophysiologic disorders and treatments are addressed, including long QT syndrome, pacemakers and ICDs. Within each topic, you will explore assessments, evidence-based interventions and strategies to prevent complications.

Caring for Patients with Cardiovascular Disorders: Part 3 – PCU

5.3 CERP A

Cardiovascular, Part 3 addresses the various cardiomyopathies (dilated, hypertrophic, stress-induced and restrictive), types of heart failure (systolic, diastolic and right-sided) and valvular heart disease. Learners will apply an understanding of the different pathophysiologies to interpretation of clinical presentation and patient care management priorities.

Caring for Patients with Cardiovascular Disorders: Part 4 – PCU

3.3 CERP A

Cardiovascular, Part 4 explores coronary artery bypass grafting, and cardiac valve repair and replacement. The variety of surgical approaches, physiologic effects of cardiopulmonary bypass and expected patient course are reviewed, along with identification of patient care priorities and the recognition and management of potential complications.

Caring for Patients with Pulmonary Disorders: Part 1 – PCU

4.5 CERP A

Pulmonary, Part 1 provides an in-depth review of pulmonary assessment techniques, including lung sounds, diagnostic tests and arterial blood gas interpretation. Additionally, this module provides a review of oxygen delivery devices and noninvasive positive pressure ventilation. Management of the following disorders are reviewed: pulmonary hypertension, pulmonary emboli, pneumonia, acute respiratory failure, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, acute respiratory distress syndrome, and pleural space abnormalities, including pneumothorax and hemothorax. Nursing priorities for managing post-pneumonectomy and post-thoracotomy are also included. Within each topic, you will explore assessments, interventions and potential complications.

Caring for Patients with Pulmonary Disorders: Part 2 – PCU

3.3 CERP A

Pulmonary, Part 2 provides an in-depth review of managing the patient who is receiving invasive mechanical ventilation. Nursing priorities are identified for managing patients with endotracheal vs. tracheostomy tubes, assessing readiness for weaning, weaning and extubation vs. decannulation, and preventing complications associated with mechanical ventilation. Within each topic, you will explore assessments, evidence-based interventions and strategies to prevent complications.

Hemodynamic Monitoring Critically Ill Patients: Part 1 – PCU

3.9 CERP A

Hemodynamics, Part 1 provides an in-depth review of hemodynamic monitoring systems for arterial and central venous pressure monitoring. Topics include: basics of components and setup for hemodynamic monitoring, arterial pressure monitoring and waveform analysis, and central venous pressure monitoring. Within each topic area you will explore measures to ensure accuracy, troubleshoot hemodynamic monitoring systems and prevent complications.

Hemodynamic Monitoring Critically Ill Patients: Part 2 – PCU

4.7 CERP A

Hemodynamics, Part 2 provides an in-depth review of nursing priorities for assessment and consequences of cardiac output monitoring, assessment and interventions for oxygenation and oxygen transport, and nursing priorities for alterations in preload, afterload and contractility. Within each topic area you will explore measures to ensure accuracy, troubleshoot monitoring issues, intervene for alterations and prevent complications.

Caring for Patients with Neurologic Disorders: Part 1 – PCU

4.0 CERP A

Neurologic, Part 1 provides an in-depth review of neurologic assessment techniques including standardized scales, diagnostic tests, intracranial pressure (ICP) monitoring, an overview of death by neurologic criteria and vital sign evaluation. Nursing priorities for the patient with ICP monitoring include using invasive ICP monitoring, ICP waveform analysis and setup, maintenance and troubleshooting cerebral spinal fluid drains. Within each topic area you will explore measures to ensure accuracy, troubleshoot monitoring issues, intervene for alterations and prevent complications.

Caring for Patients with Neurologic Disorders: Part 2 – PCU

4.9 CERP A

Neurologic, Part 2 module addresses neurologic disorders, including strokes, subarachnoid hemorrhage, traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries, seizures and selected central nervous system infections. Presenting signs, diagnosis and treatments are explored with an emphasis on patient care priorities and clinical decision making.

Caring for Patients with Gastrointestinal Disorders – PCU

6.25 CERP A

The gastrointestinal (GI) module includes an overview of GI diagnostic testing and nutritional therapies, including enteral and parenteral nutrition. The learner will explore the diagnosis, management and potential complications of GI bleeding, pancreatitis and liver failure.

Caring for Patients with Renal Disorders: Part 1 – PCU

4.9 CERP A

Renal, Part 1 provides an in-depth review of assessment tools for monitoring kidney function, nursing priorities for fluid and electrolyte disorders, scoring systems to differentiate acute kidney injury and chronic kidney disease, and an overview of types of renal replacement therapies and temporary vs. permanent access catheters used for dialysis. Within each topic area you will explore measures to intervene for alterations and prevent complications.

Caring for Patients with Endocrine Disorders – PCU

5.0 CERP A

The endocrine module provides an in-depth overview of assessment, management, nursing priorities and evaluation of managing patients with a variety of endocrine disorders. Topics include assessing the endocrine system, managing diabetes and diabetic emergencies, and managing patients with disorders of the pituitary, adrenal, thyroid and parathyroid glands. Also included is information on patients with cerebral salt wasting and managing hyperglycemia in the critically ill patient with continuous insulin infusions. Within each topic area you will explore assessment tools and diagnostics, measures to intervene for alterations and tips to prevent complications.

Caring for Patients with Hematological Disorders – PCU

4.5 CERP A

The hematology module provides an in-depth overview of assessment, management, nursing priorities, interventions and evaluation for managing patients with a variety of hematologic and coagulation disorders. Topics include laboratory evaluation for hematologic and coagulation disorders, nursing priorities and treatment options for managing patients with thrombocytopenia, heparin-induced thrombocytopenia, disseminated intravascular coagulation, anemia, venous thromboembolism, drug-induced coagulopathies and reversal agents for anticoagulants. Nursing priorities are addressed for patients receiving blood product transfusions and assessing for transfusion complications, including pulmonary edema, transfusion reaction, transfusion-related acute lung injury and transfusion-associated circulatory overload (TACO). Within each topic area you will explore assessment tools and diagnostics, measures to intervene for alterations and tips to prevent complications.

Caring for Patients with Multisystem Disorders – PCU

3.7 CERP A

The multisystem module provides an in-depth review of the different types of shock (hypovolemic, cardiogenic, neurogenic and anaphylactic), the SIRS-sepsis continuum, rhabdomyolysis, necrotizing fasciitis and behavioral issues in critical care, including alcohol withdrawal and substance abuse. Within each topic, you will explore assessments, evidence-based interventions and strategies to prevent complications.


Outline of ECCO Modules with Topic and Subtopic

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