Ventriculoperitoneal Shunts
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: May 19, 2020

This course is available with NO ADDITIONAL FEE if you have an active one year unlimited membership!

Author:Gloria Tartaglia RN
Course No:VTS010220
Contact Hours:2.00
Delivery Method:Online Self Study
Category:Pediatric Medicine
Community & Home Health
Critical Care Medicine
Emergency & Trauma Medicine
Leadership & Case Management
Medical & Surgical Issues
Learning Objectives
  • 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.


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