Managing Acute Decompensated Heart Failure

Maria L. Held, MSN, CNS, and Marjorie Sturtz, MSN, CNP

 

Overview:

Approximately 5 million Americans have heart failure (HF) and at least 550,000 more are newly diagnosed each year. HF is the most common Medicare diagnosis-related group. In 2006, direct costs associated with the condition reached nearly $30 billion.

Purpose/Goal: To provide nurses with information that helps them provide better care for patients with acute decompensated heart failure.


Objectives:

1. State the pathophysiology of acute decompensated heart failure (ADHF).
2. Recall how to assess a patient with ADHF.
3. Describe the medical/surgical management of patients with ADHF.
4. Discuss the nursing care of patients with ADHF.


Author:

Both authors work at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. Maria L. Held is a Clinical Nurse Specialist and Marjorie Sturtz is a Certified Nurse Practitioner.

The planners and authors of this CNE activity have disclosed no relevant financial relationships with commercial companies pertaining to this activity.


Contact Hours: 1.8

Expiration Date: 3/31/2014

Pharmacology Hours: 0.5

 

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