Recognizing Aortic Dissection: A Race Against Time

Rose M. Coughlin, MSN, RN, CNS-BC



To save the patient’s life, the healthcare team must be able to identify this perilous condition in mere moments.

Purpose/Goal: To provide registered nurses with information to help them identify and manage patients with aortic dissection.


1. Describe the classifications of aortic dissection.
2. List the signs and symptoms of aortic dissection.
3. Discuss surgical and medical treatment of aortic dissection.
4. Explain the follow-up care needed for patients who’ve had aortic dissections.


Rose M. Coughlin, MSN, RN, CNS-BC, is a Wound Healing Specialist at Northeast Surgical Associates of Ohio, Wound Management Service in Independence, Ohio. Previously, she worked as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in the Cardiothoracic Stepdown Units at The Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio.

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

Contact Hours: 1.6

Expiration Date: 12/31/2012


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Non-Member Price: $20.00

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