Evaluating the Newborn for Critical Congenital Heart Disease

This course for the interdisciplinary health care team (RN, MD, APP, EMS) provides an overview of the symptomatic clinical presentations of newborn critical congenital heart disease (CHD). The course also includes a case study where “symptomatic vs asymptomatic” presentation is discussed. 

Estimated time for completion: 1 hour

Target Audience

Nurses, Physicians, Advanced Practice Providers, EMS

Learner Outcomes

As a result of this activity, learners will be able to report new knowledge related to management of congenital heart disease in order to provide current, evidence-based care to pediatric patients.

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize the three symptomatic presentations of critical congenital heart disease (CHD)
  • Utilize a framework to assess patients for cardiac causes of the three symptomatic presentations: cyanosis, hypoperfusion, and tachypnea/failure to thrive 
  • Apply "symptomatic versus asymptomatic" schema to a clinical case to determine if a patient has critical CHD
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 Attendance
  • 1.00 Colorado State EMS
  • 1.00 NCPD
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Children's Hospital Colorado
Aurora, CO
United States

Faculty Presenter:
Diana Tsen, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
University of Colorado
Attending Physician, Cardiology
Division of Pediatric Cardiology & Non-Invasive Cardiac Imaging
Children’s Hospital Colorado

Peer Reviewer:
Michael Schaffer, MD
Pediatric Cardiologist, Retired
Children’s Hospital Colorado

Planners, faculty, and others in control of content (either individually or as a group) have no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies.

Children’s Hospital Colorado is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Children’s Hospital Colorado designates this Enduring Material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Children’s Hospital Colorado is approved with distinction as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by Colorado Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. This educational activity for 1 nursing contact hour(s) is provided by Children’s Hospital Colorado.

Children’s Hospital Colorado is a State of Colorado recognized EMS Training Group (CO-049) and will provide 1 continuing education credit(s) for all pre-hospital providers.

A certificate of attendance will be provided upon completion of this course.

Criteria to Obtain Continuing Education Certificate
Complete this course and the evaluation. 

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 Attendance
  • 1.00 Colorado State EMS
  • 1.00 NCPD


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Required Hardware/software

You will need access to the internet, speakers or a headset to participate in this course.