Module 7 – Management of Cardiovascular and Respiratory Emergencies

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Cardiopulmonary emergencies and symptoms are one of the most common reasons for patients’ attendance in any ICU. Symptoms are either related to true disorders or mimic cardiopulmonary problems. It becomes very difficult at times to differentiate between them. Many symptoms which mimic the problem may be present due to other systems’ involvement. Therefore, there may be an atypical presentation of cardiovascular and pulmonary emergencies or atypical presentation of other system problems presenting as diseases. Missing true emergencies can be a reason for mortality and morbidity cases which puts a burden on healthcare services and affects physicians’ morale. This module will cover the important topics of this subclass.

Objectives

Upon conclusion of this module, participants should be able to understand:

  • Symptoms and Signs of common cardiopulmonary emergencies
  • Investigations and diagnosis to confirm
  • Pathophysiology, signs, symptoms and complications
  • Recent advances in Treatment Modalities

Contributors

Gill Bishop MBBS MD FCICM
Service Clinical Director and Intensive Care Specialist
Auckland DHB Department of Critical Care Medicine
New Zealand

Sam Suri FRCA FANZCA FCICM
Intensive Care Unit, Liverpool Hospital
University of New South Wales
Sydney, Australia

Professor Arpan Guha MBBS MD DNB MNAMS DA FRCA FRCPE FCMI
Consultant in Critical Care Medicine
Deputy Executive Medical Director
North Wales Health Board
United Kingdom