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Recurrent Ventricular Fibrillation: New Strategies for Challenging Patients

Wednesday, October 4, 2:00pm ET
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60 minutes

Advances in the management of cardiac arrest have led to dramatically improved outcomes. However, patients with refractory or recurrent VF still present a challenge to resuscitate. Join us as we identify those patients who may benefit from immediate percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), during cardiac arrest. In addition, we'll discuss the cutting edge use of mechanical CPR and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) to support patients and preserve the myocardium while coronary intervention is provided.

Learning Objectives

By attending the webinar, you'll be able to:

   • Discuss the importance of performing high quality CPR and defining defibrillation success in patients with refractory or recurrent VF

   • Describe evolving EMS and hospital-based treatment strategies for these patients

   • Describe the new evidence on the role of mechanical CPR as a bridge to advanced circulatory support and/or PCI


Nicole Kupchik

Nicole Kupchik, MN, RN, CCNS, CCRN, PCCN-CMC, CSC
Nicole Kupchik Consulting, Inc.
Seattle, WA

Nicole Kupchik has practiced as a critical care nurse for over 20 years. After joining Harborview Medical Center, Nicole was part of a multidisciplinary team that was one of the first in the U.S. to implement therapeutic hypothermia after cardiac arrest. As part of this effort, Nicole was responsible for protocol development and has published numerous papers on this topic. In 2008, Nicole led a team that implemented a formalized Sepsis program at Harborview Medical Center that led to a reduction in mortality and hospital length of stay and a significant cost avoidance. In 2013 Nicole founded Nicole Kupchik Consulting & Education.

Tim Phalen

Tim Phalen, BSc
ECG Solutions, Inc.
Jonesborough, TN

Tim Phalen has provided ECG education to over 75,000 healthcare providers nationally and internationally. The American Heart Association in the 1997 ACLS Textbook has recognized Tim for his approach to teaching 12-lead ECG interpretation. A published writer, Tim has authored and co-authored textbooks, including The 12-lead ECG in Acute Myocardial Infarction and The 12-lead ECG in Acute Coronary Syndromes.

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Continuing Education for Nurses and Respiratory Therapists

This program has been approved for 1.0 contact hours Continuing Respiratory Care Education (CRCE) credit by the American Association of Respiratory Care, 9425 N. MacArthur Blvd., Suite 100, Irving, TX 75063. This education activity is approved for 1.0 contact hours. Provider approved by California Board of Nursing, Provider #14477, and the Florida Board of Nursing, Provider #50-17032.

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