The purpose of this course is to expand the knowledge base of the professional nurse with regard to hydrocephalus and the application of a ventriculoperitoneal (VP) shunt. Described in this course is the surgical procedure involved with placing a VP shunt. Also included is the management of the VP shunt during optimal functioning and the procedure employed when a VP shunt becomes clogged, infected, or dislodged.
Course Publication Date: January 19, 2011
This course is available with NO ADDITIONAL FEE
if you have an active one year unlimited membership
|Author:||Gloria Tartaglia RN
|Category:||Community & Home Health
Critical Care Medicine
Emergency & Trauma Medicine
Leadership & Case Management
Medical & Surgical Issues
NOTE: The course expired on 12/31/2013.
- Describe three complications of a VP shunt.
- List four signs/symptoms of VP shunt malfunction.
- Compare and contrast congenital and acquired hydrocephalus, as the leading cause for shunt placement.
- Explain the surgical procedure necessary for the placement of a VP shunt.
- State the role of CSF under normal circumstances.
- Discuss normal pressure hydrocephalus and its implications.