Systemic Effects of Cocaine - CMEZ737

Systemic Effects of Cocaine

by Anna Ver Hage, MSN, AGACNP-BC, CCRN, CNRN
(4.7 / 17 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Medicine (1.00 Credits)
Physician (1.00 Credits)

Price: $15.00
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Cocaine has a tremendous impact on the central nervous system, constricting blood vessels and increasing heart rate and blood pressure, which can contribute to myocardial infarction and stroke. Cocaine use can also adversely impact the pulmonary system, renal function, and neurological function. The signs and symptoms of cocaine abuse and acute intoxication overlap with those of other substances. Healthcare professionals need to be aware of the presentation of cocaine intoxication to establish early diagnosis and intervention. Primary management in the acute period involves symptomatic care, and, once stable, patients can be helped with recovery from addiction through comprehensive, multidisciplinary interventions. This educational activity will address cardiovascular and pulmonary effects of cocaine use as well as the management of cocaine intoxication.


The goal of this continuing education module is to enhance healthcare providers’ care of patients who present with cardiovascular and pulmonary changes while under the influence of cocaine. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Present a profile of cocaine, including incidence of use, action, and administration
  • List the effects of cocaine on the cardiovascular and pulmonary systems
  • Outline the acute cardiac management of a cocaine-intoxicated patient

Accreditation Information
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OnCourse Learning is also approved by the Florida Board of Medicine, Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine, and Florida Physician Assistants (provider # FBN 50-1489).
Physician Continuing Education Credit
OnCourse Learning designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Physician Assistant Continuing Education Credit
American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 1.0 hour of Category I credit for completing this program.
There is no commercial support provided for this online educational activity.

Course Originally Released on: 7/8/2015
Date of Most Recent Review: 2/27/2018
Course Termination/Update Date: 2/27/2021

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