Paramedic Recert EMS Care | 23-MCIT-F3-4109 | Congestive Heart Failure

Paramedic Recert EMS Care | 23-MCIT-F3-4109 | Congestive Heart Failure starts with the introduction to the topic. This course deals with the different categories of CHF and goes into the details of assessment in such scenarios. The course covers management of pulmonary edema and cardiogenic shock

The lessons covered are :

  • Lesson 1: Congestive Heart Failure
  • Lesson 2: Categories of Heart Failure
  • Lesson 3: CHF: Assessment & Management
  • Lesson 4:  Pulmonary Edema & Cardiogenic Shock
  • Lesson 5:  OOH Management Of CHF

Core Concepts & Takeaways

  • Identify congestive heart failure and,
  • Analyze appropriate and inappropriate treatments for CHF.

An excerpt from the course Paramedic Recert EMS Care | 23-MCIT-F3-4109 | Congestive Heart Failure

Signs and symptoms of LVF:

  • Severe respiratory distress: Orthopnea, Spasmodic cough that may produce foamy, blood-tinged sputum, and a history of paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnea (a sudden episode of dyspnea that occurs after lying down)
  • Severe apprehension, agitation, confusion
  • Cyanosis (if severe)
  • Diaphoresis
  • Adventitious lung sounds
    • Bilateral crackles that do not clear with coughing (usually present at the base of the lungs and up to the level of the scapulae)
    • Rhonchi (fluid in the upper airways)
    • Wheezes (reflex airway spasm, sometimes referred to as cardiac asthma)
  • JVD (indicates back pressure through the right heart and into the venous system)
  • Abnormal vital signs: Abnormal vital signs:  possibly elevated Blood pressure and rapid pulse rate to compensate for low stroke volume.  Pulse rate possibly irregular if dysrhythmias are present.
  • Regular alterations of weak and strong beats without changes in the length of the cycle (pulsus alternans); rapid, labored respirations
  • Altered level of consciousness (patient may be anxious, agitated, uncooperative, or obtunded because of poor cerebral perfusion or hypoxia)
  • Chest pain: present or absent.  Pain may be masked by respiratory distress.

Important Notes:

  • If you only want to take the online course for CME credit, you can pay here.  The fee for online-only does NOT include a skills session nor (re)certification.  You will receive a certificate for one CME credit after successful completion of the course.
  • This course is part of the EMT Recertification  curriculum and the Initial EMT Course.  If you sign up for one of those courses, you will be automatically enrolled in this course. Click here for scheduled courses.
  • To get credit for this course, you must watch all the lessons in their entirety, the course review, and pass the quiz at the end with a score of 75% or better.

Course Curriculum

Paramedic Recert EMS Care | 23-MCIT-F3-4109 | Congestive Heart Failure

  • Lesson 0 – Introduction
  • Lesson 1 – Congestive Heart Failure
  • Lesson 2 – Categories of Heart Failure
  • Lesson 3 – Assessment and Management
  • Lesson 4 – Pulmonary Edema and Cardiogenic Shock
  • Lesson 5 – OOH Management of CHF
  • Lesson 6 – Chapter Review
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Course Duration: 1h 59m

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