alterations in oxygenation and perfusion

Upon completion of this module, learner will be able to:

1) Analyze processes that impact oxygenation and perfusion

  • Appraise common signs and symptoms of altered oxygenation and perfusion
  • Describe diagnostics treatment modalities and nursing intervention relevant to altered perfusion
  • Explore the pathophysiologic reasons for clinical manifestations and management of alterations in oxygenation and perfusion

Required readings and resources:

Sorenson, M., Quinn, L., & Klein, D. (2019). Pathophysiology: Concepts of human disease. Pearson Education.

Pages 422 – 423; and pages 532 – 533.

Read chapters 17 – 27 focusing on sections as needed for your Health Alteration Analysis and substantive additions

Optional Resources:

Take a look in the Additional Resources Specific to Pathophysiology folder in the course shell and search for topics related to oxygenation and perfusion

David Woodruff, MSN, RN-BC, CNS, CNE has published a number of excellent presentations on youtube. I am no longer linking them into specific modules as they are nearly or more than ten years old, and most are lengthy.  However, if you want more detail on a specific concept, go to youtube and enter David Woodruff in the search bar.  His videos are excellent in explaining pathophysiology

Alilia Medical Media is a valuable Youtube channel with lots and lots of excellent and short videos. I have not watched all of them, but what I have watched are excellent.  Here is the link

Osmosis is another Youtube channel I have found valuable.  Again, I have not watched all of them, but what I have seen has been good.  As an example, I was challenged trying to understand the cytokine storm we heard much about during COVID.  Osmosis has a video (just over 10 minutes long) that helped me. Here is the link to Osmosis

The Khan Academy has a lot of engaging videos. Those I have viewed are high quality and accurate.  I find this site a little more challenging to navigate than Alilamedicalmedia or Osmosis.  You can start your investigation at

‘Crash Course’ videos on Youtube can provide a nice overview before you get started reviewing professional evidence based resources.  Go to youtube and then in the search bar, enter ‘crash course pathophysiology’.

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