Education for NEW CHF

  1. I work in CCU. My manager wanted me to start thinking about a collection of information that we could had a newly diagosed pt with CHF. Something that is easy to understand. To help the patient understand the new life altering situation but not to overwhelm them. If any one has any ideas I would greatly appreciate it.
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    About angle71054, BSN

    Joined: Sep '04; Posts: 21; Likes: 13
    staff nurse; from US
    Specialty: 13 year(s) of experience in CCU, med/surg (cardiac/tel)


  3. by   Lidlsadie
    hey! do you not have a chf booklet that you give your patients?

    i work on telemetry & live and breathe chf i would be more than happy to help you with information!! i just don't want to reiterate if you already have a book made. here's a few topics off the top of my head. i'll have to look at work the next time i'm there for the rest:

    1. what is chf
    2. causes
    3. diagnosis
    a) echocardiogram & ejection fraction, chest xray, bnp
    4. signs and symptoms
    5. when to consult a doctor
    6. treatment (diuretics, oxygen, ace-inhibitor, k+, beta blockers, etc)
    7. prognosis
    8. prevention of exacerbation:
    a) daily weights
    b) fluid restriction
    c) low sodium diet
    d) exercise
    e) no smoking

    let me know if you need more information or want me to go into detail with those! i'll look at our information when i work next (monday). let me know if you have any other questions!!


  4. by   NRSKarenRN
    congestive heart failure education materials for patients

    heart failure: medlineplus

    simple explanation heart failure

    ask your quality improvment department who your qio (quality improvment organizaion) is as they have free downloadable tools to use with patients. my homecare agency uses simiilar tool:

    <table cellspacing=0 cellpadding=0 border=0><tbody><tr><td height=3></td><td valign=top height=3>heart failure self-management pad

    best of luck with your project!
  5. by   NRSKarenRN
    check our stickied cardiac education resources list too!
  6. by   ghillbert
    Try searching google - many many hospitals have patient education information online about heart failure.