Is My Patient Having the Big Jammer? Recognition, Assessment and Diagnosis of Acute Myocardial Infarction

This presentation will assist Critical Care Registered Nurses in recognizing, assessing and assisting with establishing the diagnosis of Acute Myocardial Infarction in the adult Critical Care unit. [60 or 75 minutes]


Key Content

  • Review: Cardiac anatomy and physiology
  • What is a Myocardial Infarction (MI)? - Pathophysiology of the evolving MI
  • Acute MI in Adult Critical Care: Variables that make recognition and assessment difficult
  • Assessment and Diagnosis: Patient history, Physical Assessment (including chest pain), 12 Lead Electrocardiogram (ECG), Cardiac Biomarkers (CK-MB, troponin, brain natriuretic peptide, C-reactive protein)
  • Role of the Critical Care RN: “Putting the Pieces Together”