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Goals and Learning Outcomes

Trauma patients are at increased risk for hypothermia, which in turn increases their mortality risk. Nurses caring for these patients must be well-informed about hypothermia so that they may intervene appropriately. This module will explore the risk factors and effects of hypothermia on the traumatically injured patient and examine the nurse’s role in recognizing, preventing, and treating this potentially deadly condition. The goal of this course is to introduce the physiological effects of hypothermia in the critically injured trauma patient and to provide rewarming strategies to be used during trauma resuscitation.

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  • Define hypothermia as it relates to the critically injured trauma patient
  • List at least four negative physiological effects of hypothermia on the critically injured trauma patient
  • Name at least four strategies to prevent or treat hypothermia in the critically injured trauma patient
  • List at least four negative physiological effects of hypothermia on the critically injured trauma patient.
  • Name at least four strategies to prevent or treat hypothermia in the critically injured trauma patient.

Course Termination Date: Not yet determined

Content Expiration Date: 12/31/24

Course Originally Released On: 04/01/21

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Accreditation Information

NURSES

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.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, CEP#13791

Disclaimer: Not all courses will provide California Board of Registered Nursing approval. Per California Assembly Bill No. 241, continuing education courses related to direct patient care shall address at least one or a combination of the following:(1) Examples of how implicit bias affects perceptions and treatment decisions of licensees, leading to disparities in health outcomes; or (2) Strategies to address how unintended biases in decision-making may contribute to health care disparities by shaping behavior and producing differences in medical treatment along lines of race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, socioeconomic status, or other characteristics.

 

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Disclosures

None of the planners/faculty, unless otherwise noted, for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s) to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.