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Course Overview

Thoracentesis can be stressful for a patient and their family, but also for the interdisciplinary team of practitioners involved in the care surrounding this invasive procedure. A thorough understanding of the physiological, pharmacological, and procedural principles surrounding thoracentesis allows proper management of the patient throughout all stages of the procedure and results in better patient outcomes and satisfaction.

About the Course Author

David Hoeft, MD is a board certified Anesthesiologist at American Anesthesiology of New York. In addition to his strong background in physical and chemical sciences, David is actively involved in graduate medical education and research, and brings clinical and didactic expertise across the continuum of medical practice. David Hoeft, MD has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Kristen Ponichtera BSN, RN, CFRN, CTRN, CCRN brings 10 years of clinical and educational experience in the fields of critical care, emergency and aviation medicine. Serving as Program Director of Flight & Critical Care Nursing Education, she has created original comprehensive educational courses as well as has contributed to best-selling publications. An active member of the Air & Surface Transport Nurses Association (ASTNA), the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN), and the Society of Trauma Nurses (STN), she has been revered as a resource and mentor to many clinicians serving in these specialties. Fulfilling roles as a registered nurse, ECMO specialist, director and clinical educator, Kristen brings a unique and original perspective to the realm of medical education. Kristen Ponichtera BSN, RN, CFRN, CTRN, CCRN has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.

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Accreditation Information

Certificates provided by accrediting body (10 Match)

  • American Nurses Credentialing Center

    1.75HOURS

    In support of improving patient care, Relias LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.


  • California Board of Registered Nursing

    1.75HOURS

    Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, CEP# 13791 Nurses will receive 1.75 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • District of Columbia Board of Nursing

    1.70HOURS

    District of Columbia Board of Nursing Approved Continuing Education program (CEBroker Provider #50-290). Nurses will receive 1.7 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • Florida Board of Nursing

    1.50HOURS

    Florida Board of Nursing (CEBroker Provider #50-290). Nurses will receive 1.5 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • Georgia Board of Nursing

    1.75HOURS

    Georgia Board of Nursing (CEBroker Provider #50-290). Nurses will receive 1.75 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education

    1.75HOURS

    In support of improving patient care, Relias LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.


    Relias LLC designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.75 AMA PRA category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • South Carolina Board of Nursing

    1.75HOURS

    This program was approved by the South Carolina Board of Nursing Approved Continuing Education Program (CEBroker Provider #50-290).
    Nurses will receive 1.75 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • Florida Board of Medicine

    1.75HOURS

    Florida Board of Medicine (CEBroker Provider #50-290).
  • Florida Physician Assistants

    1.75HOURS

    Florida Physician Assistants (CEBroker Provider #50-290)
  • West Virginia Board of Registered Nursing

    1.75HOURS

    West Virginia Board of Registered Nursing (CEBroker Provider #50-290).
    Nurses will receive 1.75 contact hours for participating in this course.


Course Details
  • Course Code:

    REL-AC-0-MANAGEPATIENT4
  • Hours:

    1.75
  • Type:

    Online Course
  • Release Date:

    2018-07-01
  • Expiration Date:

    2021-07-31
  • Learning Objectives:

    Describe pre-procedural considerations for patient-specific needs.; Discuss characteristics of bacterial organisms and use of antimicrobial therapy.; Explain post-procedure patient monitoring and potential complications for thoracentesis.; Identify pathophysiology of acute and chronic conditions necessitating procedural Thoracentesis.; Summarize elements of a Thoracentesis procedure and the appropriate related patient interventions and monitoring.
  • Outline:

    Section 1: Introduction

    A. About This Course

    B. Learning Objectives

    Section 2: Why Thoracentesis?

    Section 3: Review of Thoracic Anatomy & Physiology

    A. Pulmonary Anatomy

    B. Physiology of Ventilation

    C. Review

    D. Summary

    Section 4: Introduction to Thoracentesis

    A. Patient Scenario

    B. What is a Thoracentesis?

    C. Conditions Requiring Thoracentesis

    D. Contraindications of Thoracentesis

    E. Clinical Manifestations

    F. Patient Scenario (continued)

    G. Review

    H. Summary

    Section 5: Thoracentesis: Pre & Intra Procedural Considerations

    A. What Happens During a Thoracentesis?

    B. Patient Scenario (continued)

    C. Review

    D. Summary

    Section 6: Thoracentesis: Post-Procedural Considerations

    A. Patient Scenario (continued)

    B. Potential complications of Thoracentesis

    C. Post-Procedure Patient Monitoring

    D. Patient Scenario (continued)

    E. Infection of the pleural fluid: What is an empyema?

    F. Review

    G. Summary

    Section 7: Infectious Disease & Antimicrobial Therapy

    A. Organisms of Infection

    B. Introduction to Antimicrobial Therapy

    C. Classification of Antimicrobials

    D. Antibacterial Agents

    E. Antimicrobial Stewardship

    F. Review

    G. Summary Section

    8: Conclusion

    A. Summary

    B. Course Contributors

    C. Resources

    D. References

    E. Congratulations!

  • Target Audience:

    The target audience for this course is: Nurses; Physician Assistants; Physicians; in the following settings: Acute Care Facility.
  • Course Delivery Method and Format:

    Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
    Relias has a grievance policy in place to facilitate reports of dissatisfaction. Relias will make every effort to resolve each grievance in a mutually satisfactory manner. In order to report a complaint or grievance please contact Relias.
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    All courses offered by Relias, LLC are developed from a foundation of diversity, inclusiveness, and a multicultural perspective. Knowledge, values and awareness related to cultural competency are infused throughout the course content.
    Reference herein to any specific commercial product, process, or service by trade name, trademark, service mark, manufacturer or otherwise does not constitute or imply any endorsement, recommendation, or favoring of, or affiliation with, Relias, LLC.
    All characteristics and organizations referenced in the following training are fictional. Any resemblance to any actual organizations or persons living or dead, is purely coincidental.
    To earn continuing education credit for this course you must achieve a passing score of 80% on the post-test and complete the course evaluation.
  • Accommodations:

    If you require special accommodations to complete this module, please contact Relias Customer Support here.
  • Disclosures:

    Expert Reviewers, Instructors, and Staff Writers disclosures will be listed above after the individuals' biographical paragraph. All other members involved within the planning of this educational activity have declared no conflict of interest exists when planning and developing this course.