# CTE Resource Center - Verso - Patient Care Technician Task 885059662

CTE Resource Center - Verso

Virginia’s CTE Resource Center

Respond to the signs and symptoms of cardiopulmonary compromise.


Response should include
  • Defining cardiac compromise
  • Knowing the following causes of cardiac compromise:
    • Coronary artery disease (e.g., atherosclerosis, arteriosclerosis)
    • Aneurysm
    • Dysrythmia (e.g., bradycardia, tachycardia, V-fib, V-tach, pulseless electrical activity [PEA], asystole)
    • Pulmonary edema
    • Congestive heart failure
    • Cardiac rupture
    • Angina pectoris
    • Acute myocardial infarction
  • Knowing the following signs and symptoms:
    • Chest pain (e.g., crushing, dull, heavy or squeezing)
    • Difficulty breathing palpitations
    • Sudden onset of sweating, nausea and/or vomiting
    • Anxiety (e.g., feeling of impending doom, irritability)
    • Abnormal pulse/Abnormal blood pressure
    • Hypotensive or hypertensive
    • Loss of consciousness

Process/Skill Questions

  • What is the definition of cardiac compromise?
  • How would you identify the signs and symptoms of cardiopulmonary compromise?
  • What are the nursing interventions for cardiopulmonary compromise?

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