Nursing Student Class Projects (Formerly MSN)

Academic Term

Summer 2020

Document Type


Course Number

NURS 6810

Course Name

Advanced Pathophysiology for the Advanced Practice Nurse

Professor’s Name

Dr. Butz & Dr. Chovan


Infective Endocarditis, Intensive Care, Cardiac, Pathophysiology

Subject Categories

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.

Included in

Nursing Commons



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