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Integrating Functional Hemodynamics at the Point of Care

Part of AACN Critical Care Webinar Series

Presenter(s): Dr Elizabeth J Bridges

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Webinar Summary

While considerable nursing time and effort is spent optimizing and stabilizing the hemodynamic status of patients in critical care units, the practice of using pulmonary artery and central venous catheters has increasingly come into question in the literature. As a result, alternative methods of evaluating hemodynamic status in critical care patients have evolved.

In this webinar, clinical nurse researcher Dr. Elizabeth Bridges will discuss the use of functional hemodynamic parameters to evaluate the fluid status of patients in critical care units. Her presentation will examine the validity of hemodynamic monitoring options and present case studies demonstrating how to integrate these new parameters into practice at the bedside.


  • Identify the elements of functional hemodynamic evaluation and how they translate into practice.
  • Integrate functional hemodynamic data into care of critically ill patients.
  • Discuss the limitations of functional hemodynamics.

About the Presenter

Dr Elizabeth J Bridges

Dr Elizabeth J Bridges

A critical care nurse with more than 31 years of experience, Dr. Elizabeth Bridges currently serves as an associate professor and clinical nurse researcher at the University of Washington. There, she investigates care of critically ill and injured patients in unique and austere environments, including long-distance military aeromedical transport, and performance and integration of hemodynamic data into patient care. Dr. Bridges consults for military nurse researchers and clinicians on topics related to operational healthcare and international disaster response, and she lectures on critical care nursing, hospital disaster response and bedside application of clinical research and evidence-based practices. She has been honored with AACN’s Flame of Excellence award for her many contributions to critical care nursing.

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The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC's) Commission on Accreditation. ANCC Provider Number 0012 (60 min contact hour). AACN has been approved as a provider of continuing education in nursing by the California State Board of Nursing California Provider number CEP01036 contact hours (50 min contact hour).

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