Hemodynamics and Vent Stuff.

  1. Everyone was so amazing and helpful with the earlier question I had about colloids/crystalloids....so, I thought perhaps I would try my hand at asking a question about hemodynamics and ventilators....guess if I don't ask, I'll never know, right?

    So, here we go. We are doing hemodynamics and ventilators. Both have a lot involved, and I'll admit, I haven't been as diligent at keeping up with my readings as I know I should (gonna try to do better I promise!).
    My questions:
    1. Is there an easier, or more organized way of managing this huge amount of knowledge I have been given in the past two weeks? I have been given so much info on ventilators and hemodynamics that I can barely keep it all straight- we get a cheat sheet on our test and I basically got every equation and formula we were given in class and put it on there. NOW I have to figure out what all of it means....any suggestions? I am a very visual and tactile learner...I have to do things a whole let before they become comfortable for me.
    2. Is there a better way to put all of these values and concepts together...like maybe a picture? Does anyone know of any web resources I might try, or ways of looking at it? Any funny little mnemonics I can use to remember all of this?
    3. My test is Tuesday at 11am. It is Friday night, 7:15. Is it possible to learn these concepts, and become familiar with them, in this period of time...or have I completely put myself into a corner here? Is this enough time to learn all this?

    THANKS SO MUCH to everyone who helped me out earlier. Special thanks to VickyRN for her 2 helpful emails. God bless.
  2. 4 Comments

  3. by   augigi
    The best way I found to learn these things were case studies of which things I would adjust to get certain results. If I can apply it to a patient, I do better.

    Which exact values/info are you having trouble with? "Hemodynamics and ventilators" is way too broad to be very helpful with. What level of information - basic hemodynamics, advanced, swan ganz variables etc? What type of ventilation info?
  4. by   VickyRN
    Check out this website! One of the best resources available...

  5. by   Daytonite
    http://classes.kumc.edu/son/nurs420/unit4/hemomon.html - a tutorial on hemodynamic monitoring from the university of kansas school of nursing

    http://www.pacep.org/pages/start/ref.html?xin=sccm - this is a free online tutorial on how to use the pulmonary artery catheter in the clinical environment. includes pre and post tests and photographs. information will load much faster if you have dsl. you have to register to access this tutorial, but it is free.

    http://www.mededcon.com/card01.htm - cardiac output from medical school files. this is for all you icu junkies. it is a series of pages (click on the arrows at the bottom of the pages to scroll forward) that explain what all those mysterious abbreviations are on abgs and other pulmonary function tests and what they might be indicative of.

    http://www.ccmtutorials.com/rs/oxygen/index.htm - all about oxygen, a tutorial about oxygen with a section on pulse oximetry

    http://www.ccmtutorials.com/ - critical care medicine tutorials for medical students
    Last edit by Daytonite on Dec 8, '06
  6. by   ZASHAGALKA
    PACEP: Sign-In is indepth hemodynamics: it's a primer for new CCU nurses.

    But, it might be a tad in-depth for a quick study.

    It does have test questions though.

    Registration is free.