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Critical Skills for Managing a Patient in Crisis
DVD Video
$219.99 USD
Product Details
DVD Video - 4+ hours   Instructions
5 hr 35 min
Multi-disc DVD recording with electronic manual and instructions.
PESI Publishing & Media
CE Available:
Yes, See CE credit tab for complete continuing education details
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  1. Evaluate common bedside emergencies.
  2. Analyze which patient populations are at risk for bedside emergencies.
  3. Organize how to integrate assessment data, labs and other diagnostic findings into the plan of care with a life-threatening emergency.
  4. Prioritize interventions for prevention and management for selected complications/ emergencies.
  5. Breakdown presentation and assessment findings for specific cardiac, gastrointestinal and neurological emergencies.
  6. Evaluate volume and pressure concepts as they relate to intracranial pressure.
  7. Explore a strategic approach in evaluating abdominal pain for the most accurate assessment.
  8. Assess the difference between hypovolemic shock, septic shock and cardiogenic shock in both assessment and treatment priorities.


Identification & Management of Crisis

  • High-Risk Populations
  • Impending Doom: Recognizing the Red Flags
  • Critical Thinking During a Crisis
  • Accurate Interpretation of Vital Signs & Oxygenation
  • Fluid & Electrolyte Disturbances

Neurological Emergencies

  • Neuro Assessment: Critical Indicators
  • Stroke Emergencies: TIA vs. Ischemic vs. Hemorrhagic
  • Symptoms & Recognition
  • Management: Emergent vs. Non-emergent
  • Early Signs of Increased Intracranial Pressure

Gastrointestinal Emergencies

  • Abdominal Assessment: Critical Clues
  • Abdominal Pain: What does it really mean?
  • Acute Abdomen
  • Ileus/Small Bowel Obstruction
  • Gastrointestinal Bleed
  • Acute Pancreatitis

Cardiac Emergencies

  • Action for, “I’m having chest pain”
  • Acute Coronary Syndromes
    • Angina vs. Myocardial Infarction
    • Recognition & Management
  • 6 Fail-Proof Steps to Rhythm Interpretation
  • The Dynamics of Shock
    • Hypovolemic
    • Cardiogenic
    • Septic
  • Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome
    • SIRS Criteria
    • Presentation & Management



Pam Collins has more than 30 years of extensive nursing experience which includes work as a staff/charge nurse for medical-surgical and pediatric units, nurse manager/nursing administration, nursing faculty and Education/Medical/Legal Consultant. Pam currently works as an Independent Education and Medical-Legal Consultant, and maintains her skills by working as a Clinical Nurse Specialist for Medical-Surgical Nursing in Charlotte, North Carolina. She maintains dual certification in medical-surgical nursing through the Academy for Medical Surgical Nurses and the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Pam also consults with Schools of Nursing for the purpose of enhancing NCLEX success rates with an emphasis on medical-surgical nursing. She additionally has extensive experience with the Legal aspects of Nursing Practice/documentation to include providing litigation support in medical malpractice.

Pam speaks nationally on clinical and legal topics for the healthcare professional with a passion that is evident through her energy, presentation style and ability to engage the audience. She was previously awarded the Outstanding Educator of the Year Award by the South Carolina Area Health Education Consortium.

Speaker Disclosures

Financial: Pam Collins is the owner of Consultation On-Call, LLC. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Nonfinancial: Pam Collins is a member of the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses.
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