Advanced Pathophysiology for the Advanced Practice Nurse
Dr. Butz & Dr. Chovan
Infective Endocarditis, Intensive Care, Cardiac, Pathophysiology
Medicine and Health Sciences | Nursing
Infective Endocarditis (IE) is a relatively rare disease but is well known to intensive care units and has a disturbingly high mortality rate despite advancements in medicine. IE is a condition characterized by damage to the endothelial lining of the heart, which can lead to vegetation growth on cardiac valves. IE can lead to a multitude of complications, such as pulmonary embolism or stroke. Patient education and prevention are crucial to reducing mortality and improving patient outcomes. Healthcare providers must be diligent in their measures to prevent pathogen entry into open areas, such as central access devices and wounds. They must also be able to recognize early signs and symptoms in order to ensure proper diagnosis and treatment in a timely fashion.
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