The goal of this course is to provide nurses
and other healthcare providers with information about the care of
a patient with subarachnoid hemorrhage, including etiology, signs
and symptoms, and current treatment strategies. At the end of
this program, the learner will be able to:
- Define and describe the incidence of subarachnoid hemorrhage.
- Identify relevant anatomical structures in the brain associated
with subarachnoid hemorrhage and its sequelae.
- Recognize at least one theory regarding
the etiology of cerebral aneurysms and subarachnoid
- Describe 3 ways in which cerebral
aneurysms are classified by shape and size.
- Identify the basic pathophysiology of
neurological damage following a subarachnoid hemorrhage.
- Recognize warning signs and symptoms of a
subarachnoid hemorrhage, and signs occurring at the time
of major bleeding.
- Discuss techniques used to diagnose
- Identify principles of initial management
for a patient with a subarachnoid hemorrhage.
- List at least 5 interventions that are
part of aneurysm precautions.
- Recognize 2 potentially life threatening
complications of subarachnoid hemorrhage.
- Describe 5 types of drugs that may be used
to prevent complications in the patient with subarachnoid
- Discuss surgical and interventional
radiological options for the treatment of subarachnoid
- Describe 3 major responsibilities of the
nurse in protecting the patient with a subarachnoid
hemorrhage from life-threatening complications.