Continuing Professional Development: Exploring the presentation and management of cardiogenic shock

Alan Rice
Wednesday, March 2, 2016

OverviewThis Continuing Professional Development (CPD) module will explore the presentation and management of critically unwell patients suffering from a form of obstructive shock in the out-of-hospital setting. There are a number of self-directed activities to complete as you move through the article together with a list of further resources that are used to reference this article and to expand your research. This article requires the reader to have an appreciation of basic anatomy and physiology and an awareness of the general approach to assessing and managing patients in the out-of-hospital, emergency setting before completion.Learning OutcomesAfter completing this module you should be able to:Define cardiogenic shock and explore the prevalence and impact on a populationExplore causes of cardiogenic shockIdentify key pathophysiological principles involved in obstructive shockOutline management approaches for these patients.

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