Presentation Description:

Heart failure affects more than 5.5 million Americans a year.  This presentation will cover common, as well as uncommon ways heart failure presents within patients.  Once heart failure is identified, current best practices for managing these patients will be discussed.  The New York Heart Association and American College of Cardiology classifications for heart failure will also be shared with participants.

Type of Session:  General or breakout session

Intended Audience:  ALS, BLS providers

Presentation Method:

– Lecture/Discussion
– Case studies

Presentation Length:  60 – 90 minutes

NCCP Category:  Cardiovascular – Congestive Heart Failure

Presentation Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to describe the various classifications for heart failure patients.
  • Participants will be able to identify common, as well as uncommon signs and symptoms associated with heart failure.
  • Participants will be able to discuss the management strategies for treating heart failure patients.
  • Participants will be able to describe why this information is relevant to their clinical practice.

What makes me qualified to present this topic?

  • Lead Instructor for one of the largest accredited paramedic programs in the Rocky Mountain Region. Have refined and cultivated this presentation by teaching this subject within our curriculum to over 70 paramedic candidates annually.
  • The case studies within this presentation are patients I personally treated and followed through their hospital course. I learned valuable information in relation to patient presentation and EMS management strategies that should be shared with other EMS professionals.