Critical Care Competency 7.10.24

July 10, 2024

Target Audience


Learning Objectives

• Improve communication between critical care areas to increase patient centered goals and outcomes. 
• Enhance nursing skills to improve patient care and reduce adverse patient outcomes. 
• Hands-on skills and simulations to mitigate issues and work through process failures. 
• Review tracheostomy care, expectations, and troubleshooting concerns. 
• Practice Advance Cardiac Life Support protocols to enhance understanding and unify a team approach. 
• Review blood product administration per the UPMC policy and the procedure for Mass Transfusion protocol. 
• Discuss central line management, risks, benefits, and assessment skills. 
• Review foley catheter care along with the nurse driven removal protocol. 
• Discussion of heparin drip management and titrations per protocol. 
• Review of safe patient handling and proper body mechanics by discussing lifts. 
• Review of the AirTAP systems and appropriate use in specific patient populations. 
• Review of AIDET+ Promise and patient experience expectations. 
• Review of the NIHSS assessment tool. 
• Discussion of TNK administration in the stroke population. 
• Demonstration of setting up the Belmonte. 
• Review of spinal precautions and safe mobility of patients with restrictions. 
• Management of chest tubes and review of troubleshooting issues. 
• Review of interosseous access and proper management. 
• Discussion of Minnesota tube insertion and management. 
• Review of vasopressor medication titrations.

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 4.00 ANCC
    UPMC Provider Unit is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation
  • 4.00 Attendance
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
07/10/2024 - 8:00am EDT
Event ends: 
07/10/2024 - 8:00pm EDT

Disclaimer Statement

The information presented at this CME program represents the views and opinions of the individual presenters, and does not constitute the opinion or endorsement of, or promotion by, the UPMC Center for Continuing Education in the Health Sciences, UPMC / University of Pittsburgh Medical Center or Affiliates and University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.  Reasonable efforts have been taken intending for educational subject matter to be presented in a balanced, unbiased fashion and in compliance with regulatory requirements. However, each program attendee must always use his/her own personal and professional judgment when considering further application of this information, particularly as it may relate to patient diagnostic or treatment decisions including, without limitation, FDA-approved uses and any off-label uses.

UPMC Williamsport- ICU
Williamsport, PA
United States

Emily Shade BSN, RN

Disclosure Statement: No members of the planning committee, speakers, presenters, authors, content reviewers and/or anyone else in a position to control the content of this education activity have relevant financial relationships with any proprietary entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services, used on, or consumed by, patients to disclose.


Accreditation and credit designation
In support of improving patient care, the University of Pittsburgh is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Nursing (CNE)
The maximum number of hours awarded for this Continuing Nursing Education activity is 4.0 contact hours.

Other Healthcare Professionals
Other health care professionals will receive a certificate of attendance confirming the number of contact hours commensurate with the extent of participation in this activity.

Available Credit

  • 4.00 ANCC
    UPMC Provider Unit is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation
  • 4.00 Attendance
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