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Pulmonary Hypertension and RV Failure in the ICU

Steven Pugliese


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Course ID: 2972

CEU Information

Course Title

Pulmonary Hypertension and RV Failure in the ICU 

Course Authors

Steven C. Pugliese, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Division of Pulmonary Sciences and Critical Care Medicine
Department of Medicine
University of Colorado Denver
Aurora, Colo.

Intended Audience

This continuing education (CE) activity provides CE credits for:

  1. Physicians
  2. Nurses
  3. Nurse Practitioners
  4. Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians
  5. Respiratory Therapists
  6. Other Related Health Professionals

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  1. Utilize techniques to determine the etiology of shock state (i.e., cardiogenic, distributive, mixed)
  2. Understand the roles of inotropes, vasopressors, and pulmonary vasodilators in acute right heart failure
  3. Discuss an approach to arrhythmias and mechanical ventilation in decompensated right heart failure
  4. Discuss the role of mechanical circulatory support in right heart failure

Release Date

11 August 2017

Expiration Date

10 August 2019

Estimated Time to Complete This Activity

1 hour 

Disclosure Policy

As a provider accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), it is the policy of Professional Educational Services Group (PESG) to require the disclosure of anyone who is in a position to control the content of an educational activity. All relevant financial relationships with any commercial interests and/or manufacturers must be disclosed to participants at the beginning of each activity. 

The faculty and planners of this educational activity disclose the following:

  • Steven C. Pugliese, M.D. has served as a Consultant/Advisory Committee member for GLG Consulting. He has served on the Speaker’s Bureau for Janssen Pharmaceutical and Boehringer Ingelheim.
  • PESG Staff, PHA Staff, Planning and Review Committee Members have no financial or non-financial interests to disclose.

Course Reviewer

George J. Vuturo, PhD., RPh.
CME/CE Director
Chief Compliance Officer
Professional Education Services Group, LLC
Centreville, Va.

Content Reviewer

Janice Agazio, PhD., CRNP, RN, FAANP, FAAN
Assistant Dean for Doctoral Programs and Ordinary Professor
School of Nursing
The Catholic University of America
Washington, D.C.

CME Reviewer

Danielle Spencer
CME/CE Project Director
Professional Education Services Group, LLC
Centreville, Va.

Continuing Education Information

This continuing education activity is provided through a Joint Providership Agreement between the Pulmonary Hypertension Association, Inc. (PHA) and Professional Education Services Group (PESG). This activity will provide continuing education for physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, respiratory therapists and other health care professionals. 

Accreditation Statement


  • This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Professional Education Services Group and PHA. Professional Education Services Group is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

    Professional Education Services Group designates this live internet CME activity for a maximum of 1.0 hours of AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


  • CE for nurses is provided for this program through collaboration between PHA and Professional Education Services Group (PESG). Professional Education Services Group is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation (ANCC). This activity provides a maximum of 1.0 contact hours of nurse CE credit. 

Nurse Practitioners

  • Professional Education Services Group is accredited by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners as an approved provider of nurse practitioner continuing education. Provider number: 031105. This course is offered for 1.0 contact hours. 

Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians

  • Professional Education Services Group is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. This program will provide a maximum of 1.0 contact hours for participants attending all conference CPE activities. UAN 0829-0000-17-077-H04-P/T. There is no cost to participate in this activity. 

Respiratory Therapists 

  • The Continuing Respiratory Education (CRCE) system of the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) grants approval for one (0.10) hours for this course #148631000. 

Other Health Professionals

  • Other health care professionals completing this continuing education activity will be issued a Certificate of Attendance which may be submitted to accrediting organizations or licensing boards to meet CE requirements. 

Instructions for Earning Credit

This activity is a self-study program. In order to claim CE credit, participants must:

  1. Review the content and links, examine images and/or multimedia features
  2. Once the course has been reviewed in its entirety, participants will be directed to the CE processing center at:
  3. Select the activity: OU: Pulmonary Hypertension and RV Failure in the ICU (Enduring)
  4. Enter an email address and password to begin setting up your profile. Select "I Forgot My Password" if you need to reset the password you set up.
  5. Verify, correct, or add your information.
  6. Proceed and complete the activity evaluation.
  7. Upon completing your evaluations, you can print your CE Certificate. Your CE record will also be stored here for later retrieval.
  8. The website is open for completing your evaluation from 11 August 2017 through 10 August 2019.
  9. After the website has closed, you can come back to the site at any time to print your certificate, but you will not be able to add any evaluations. 


The information presented in this activity reflects the views of the faculty only and not necessarily those of the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA), the sponsors or the educational grant providers. All participants should verify the information and data presented before treating patients or utilizing any therapies noted in these materials. No portion of this activity may be reproduced without the expressed written consent of PHA. CE Inquiries For all CE related inquiries, please contact or PHA Online University at (301)-565-3004-x771.

CE Inquiries

For all CE related inquiries, please contact or PHA Online University at (301) 565-3004 x771 

Technical Requirements

This course requires an internet browser. For optimum display, please use Mozilla Firefox, Safari or Google Chrome.

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This activity is made possible through unrestricted educational grants to the PHA Medical Education Fund from Actelion Pharmaceuticals, US; Gilead Sciences, Inc.; and United Therapeutics Corporation.

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