Subxiphoid Window to Relieve Pericardial Effusion - CST43

Subxiphoid Window to Relieve Pericardial Effusion

by Steven S. Bhimji, MD, PhD
(4.6 / 267 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Surgical Technology (1.25 CE Credit)

Price: $5.00
CE-PRO Price: $2.50


Pericardial effusion is a common surgical complication after an open heart procedure.  The surgeon can quickly and effectively perform a pericardial window and drain the fluid around the heart as well as remove a portion of the pericardium. The more education and background information that a CST or CSFA has on this procedure, the better the outcome for the patient. 


The goal of this continuing education program is to provide surgical technologists with accurate information about the subxiphoid window, when it is used and its potential complications. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Describe how a subxiphoid pericardial window is performed
  • Discuss the possible complications of a subxiphoid window
  • Describe the anatomy of the pericardium

Approval Information
This course is approved for surgical techs from June 1, 2017 through June 30, 2020.
This continuing education activity is approved for 1.25 CE credits by the Association of Surgical Technologists, Inc., for continuing education for the Certified Surgical Technologist and Certified Surgical First Assistant. This recognition does not imply that AST approves or endorses any product or products that are included in enduring materials.

Course Originally Released on: 2/4/2014
Date of Most Recent Review: 3/24/2016
Course Termination/Update Date: 6/30/2020

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.

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Lauren P - Clinton Corners , NY  ·  Oct 09, 2019
good information, relatable to our unit
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Chloe V - Virginia Beach, VA  ·  Sep 17, 2019
good review since we don't do them often
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Concepcion V - Pittsburg, CA  ·  Sep 08, 2019
A great deal of information was learned and will be implemented
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Edward H - litchfield pk, AZ  ·  Aug 15, 2019
class information provided a refresher
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Stephanie T - Grand Rapids, MI  ·  Aug 12, 2019
Good didn't realize they most often occurred in cancer.
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