Decompensated Heart Failure
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Lighten the Load
Reduce Readmissions: Early identification and treatment of decompensated heart failure are vital to improving patient outcomes and reducing heart failure associated readmissions. The Decompensated Heart Failure Program now includes an expanded section on readmission prevention strategies, including patient teach-back and care transitions to reduce hospital readmissions.
Upon completion of the program, participants should be able to:
- Discuss prevalence data pertaining to heart failure.
- Discuss factors that contribute to heart failure.
- Evaluate presenting indications of acute decompensated heart failure.
- Distinguish between the New York Heart Association (NYHA) functional and American College of Cardiology (ACC)/American Heart Association (AHA) classifications of heart failure.
- Interpret diagnostic testing to make a differential diagnosis.
- Apply the risk stratification of acute decompensated heart failure.
- Discuss evidence-based management of acute decompensated heart failure.
- List examples of the Hospital Quality Initiatives for best practices in the care of patients with heart failure.
- Potentially reduce heart failure-associated readmissions
- Documentation of staff competence and compliance
- Consistent training across all staff
- Integration into Quality Improvement Programs
- Program based on guidelines, tools, and research from:
- American Heart Association (AHA): Get With The Guidelines
- Heart Failure Society of America: 2010 Comprehensive Heart Failure Practice Guideline
- Centers for Medicare and Medicaid: Hospital Quality Initiatives
- Hospital Quality Alliance
- Joint Commission
- Continuing education credits available (CE StatementThis continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses, Inc., an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. Activities that are approved by AORN are recognized as continuing education for registered nurses. This recognition does not imply that AORN or the ANCC Commission on Accreditation approves or endorses any product included in the presentation.)
Contact us today to learn more about the MSC Decompensated Heart Failure Advanced Quality Program.