Bowel infarctions, perforations, and obstructions are serious conditions that require prompt recognition and interventions to prevent severe complications and death. There are several underlying conditions that predispose patients to these conditions, for which education and risk modifications are crucial. This course is designed to equip clinicians with knowledge of risk factors, signs and symptoms, and management strategies for bowel infarctions, perforations, and obstructions.
Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, CEP# 13791
Nurses will receive 1.25 contact hours for participating in this course.
In support of improving patient care, Relias LLC 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.
District of Columbia Board of Nursing Approved Continuing Education program (CEBroker Provider #50-290).
Florida Board of Nursing (CEBroker Provider #50-290)
Georgia Board of Nursing (CEBroker Provider #50-290)
South Carolina Board of Nursing (CEBroker Provider #50-290)
West Virginia Board of Registered Nursing (CEBroker Provider #50-290)
Section 1: Introduction
About This Course
Section 2: Anatomy and Physiology
Anatomy of the Lower Gastrointestinal Tract
Arteries of the Intestines
Veins of the Intestines
Section 3: Bowel Ischemia and Infarction
Risk Factors for Bowel Ischemia
Symptoms of Bowel Ischemia
Management of Bowel Ischemia
Progression of Acute Bowel Ischemia
Signs and Symptoms of Bowel Infarction
Management of Bowel Infarction
Intra-Abdominal Pressure Monitoring
Nursing Interventions Following Surgical Management of Bowel Infarction
Signs and Symptoms of Septic Shock and End-Organ Failure
Section 4: Bowel Perforations
Contributing Factors to Bowel Perforations
Medications and Bowel Perforation
Iatrogenic Bowel Perforation
Colon and Rectal Perforations
Colon Perforations Following Colonoscopy
Signs and Symptoms of Bowel Perforation
Management of Bowel Perforation
Section 5: Bowel Obstructions
Contributing Factors to Bowel Obstructions
Signs and Symptoms of Bowel Obstruction
Management of Bowel Obstructions
Section 6: Inflammatory Bowel Disease
What is Inflammatory Bowel Disease?
Symptoms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Section 7: Conclusion
Rebecca Smallwood, MBA, RN, has experience across multiple healthcare settings including: rural and urban acute care hospitals, public health, ambulatory surgery, higher education, and commercial healthcare learning organizations. Her roles have included: medical/surgical, ED, and OR Staff and Charge Nurse; Director of School Health Services/School Nurse; Public Health Epidemiology and Bioterrorism Preparedness Specialist; Infection Control Practitioner; Quality Management Specialist; Organizational Development Specialist and Educator. Prior to joining Relias as an acute care SME Writer in 2017 and Curriculum Designer in 2021, she provided consultation to Swank Healthcare and was the Director of Education Services for Health.edu, a division of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Rebecca earned a diploma in nursing from Methodist Hospital School of Nursing in Lubbock, Texas in 1989 and an MBA from Wayland Baptist University in 2010 with an emphasis in healthcare administration.Disclosure: Rebecca Smallwood, MBA, RN has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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