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Asthma Management Program- Facts about Asthma. Myths about Asthma. Assessment and Monitoring. Diagnosis and Severity of Asthma. Measurement of Lung Function Control of Environmental Factors. Environmental Allergens. Irritants and other factors. Pharmacologic Management, Pathophysiology. Bronchodialator medication. Anti-inflammatory medication. Patient Education. Partnership with the patient. Inhaler and Peak Flow Meter technique.   7.0 Free CRCE

Identifying Postoperative Respiratory Compromise: Comprehensive Assessment of Ventilation and Oxygenation- Describe the indications for respiratory monitoring. Compare and contrast currently available monitoring techniques. Review evidence-based recommendations on respiratory monitoring. 1.25 Free CEUs    Link to Post-test

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Courses featured in Clinical Foundations- A Patient-focused Education Program for Respiratory Therapists. (Note: CRCE expiration dates on the linked articles tend to be inaccurate, many of the educational offerings are extended past the original exp date. As long as the test is still available, you will be able to take it and print your certificate immediately. We update & remove expired courses or add new ones weekly)

Humidification During Non-Invasive Ventilation- Questions addressed include whether short-term humidification during NIV can be used in the emergency room, issues to consider when using an artificial nose during NIV, pros and cons of using a heat and moisture exchanger or a heated humidifier during NIV, potential physiological irregularities that can arise during NIV without humidification, and assessment of success.  2 Free CRCE  Link to Post-Test  (Issue 10)

Humidification During Invasive and Noninvasive Ventilation- Humidification of inspired gases is a standard of care for patients receiving mechanical ventilation. However, several challenges exist regarding optimal delivery of humidification in the ventilated patient that include the type of humidification device used and issues external to the humidifier’s function. This review focuses on a number of frequently encountered situations that affect humidification in the clinical setting during the administration of invasive and noninvasive ventilation (NIV).  2 Free CEUs  Link to Post-Test  (Issue 16)

Waste Anesthetic Gases (WAGs) among Employees in the Healthcare Industry- WAGs in health care environments have been associated with adverse health outcomes in unscavenged situations. This course presents a brief overview of WAGs in the healthcare industry, with a focus on healthcare personnel in the PACU. Recent exposure and risk assessment studies using IR thermography cameras and IR sensors to identify and quantify WAG (i.e., N20) exposures among PACU employees are pointing toward an unidentified and relatively new health exposure concern for these employees.  2 Free CEUs  Link to Post-Test  (Issue 15)

Protecting the Ventilated Patient from Hospital-Acquired Infections- Discuss the impact of HAI on health care cost and outcomes. Describe criteria to diagnosis VAP and define VAC, & IVAC. Discuss strategies to minimize HAI in MV patients and their associated evidence.    1.0 Free CEUs    Link to Post-test  (Webinar 2)

Advanced Issues in Humidification- Discuss the impact of high and low ambient temperatures on heated humidification. Describe the role of inlet chamber gas temperatures on overall delivery of humidity. Discuss ventilator settings associated with significant changes in humidification. Discuss the relationship between aerosol therapy and heated humidification   1.0 Free CEUs    Link to Post-test  (Webinar 1)

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Pediatric Tracheostsomy and use of the Passy Muir Valve- Identify the timing and indications of pediatric tracheostomy. Review the physiological impact of tracheostomy on development and the positive impact of the Passy-Muir valve on functions of the upper airway. Present specific evaluation and treatment techniques with case studies and video samples. Collaborate with family and appropriate clinical team members for optimal treatment. Identify resources related to tracheostomy  1.0 Free CEUs

Prevention of Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections (CLA_BSIs) Associated with Arterial Catheters - Discuss the recent literature comparing infection rates with arterial and central venous catheters, Describe the CDC recommendations on arterial catheters with special emphasis on catheter-related infection. Discuss the consequences for clinical practice. 1.0 Free CEUs    Link to Post-test

NEW!  High Flow Specialty Gas Delivery- Define HFT and how can it can be accomplished with a nasal cannula. Explain how the dynamics of flow through the nasopharynx improve respiratory efficiency and support work of breathing. Explain the properties of Heliox gas mixture, and how it is beneficial by induction into high flow therapy. Understand the how the characteristics of HFT facilitate the breathing of heliox via a nasal cannula. Understand the patient population that can benefit from heliox HFT. 1.0 Free CEUs

NEW!  High Flow Therapy: Mechanisms of Action- Understand the reason for limiting conventional nasal cannula therapy to low flows. Define High Flow Therapy & how it can be accomplished with a nasal cannula. Explain how the dynamics of flow through the nasopharynx improve respiratory efficiency & support work of breathing. Explain how gas delivered at body temperature & saturated promotes better respiratory mechanics & decreases energy of gas conditioning. 1.0 Free CEUs

Common, Costly and Deadly: Respiratory Compromise- Define respiratory compromise. Describe the overall impact of postoperative respiratory compromise. Review the current recommendations to early identification of respiratory compromise that enables clinical decision making.  1.25 Free CRCE Link to Post-test   (Webinar 2)  

Fighting VAP One Step At A Time: Early Mobility For The Ventilated Patient/Tracheostomy: Do We Need To Be Concerned About The Complications?- Compare the evidence supporting the bundle elements recommended for reducing VAP in the ICU patient. Describe the modalities referred to as early mobilization. Discuss early versus late complications. Describe methods to secure a tracheostomy tube. Discuss how morbid obesity increases the risk of accidental cannulation.   2.0 Free CRCE  Link to Post-test  (Vol 10, No 2)

Strategies to Prevent and Control Multidrug-Resistant Organisms- Discuss the emergence and spread of MRSA, VRE, and KPCs. Describe the challenges of management of multidrug-resistant organisms in the healthcare setting. Assess the process for implementatiion of CDC/HICPAC recommendations to prevent transmission of MDROs in your healthcare setting.   1.0 Free CEUs     

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Tracheostomy: Procedure,Timing and Tubes- This presentation is designed to offer information on tracheotomy procedures and literature related to the timing of tracheotomy. The choice of the tracheostomy tube can have an impact on the evaluation and treatment of the tracheostomized patient, therefore, a description of the various tracheostomy tubes, types of cuffs and proper cuff maintenance will be given.  Case studies will be used to demonstrate the importance of selecting proper tube size and type, as it relates to upper airway assessment, swallowing, and communication options.Describe the teaching/learning strategies, including the materials, resources & delivery methods for each content area. Explain how the timing of the tracheotomy & tracheostomy tube selection play a key role in the successful use of speaking valves. List complications of improper cuff management. List how the tracheostomy tube and inflated cuff can impact swallowing and suggest ways to reduce clinical complications.  1.0 Free CRCE  (+ST)

Ambulatory Oxygen Choices for Your Patients- Among the choices for ambulatory oxygen, there are benefits and limitations to each system available.  We will look at those issues to make informed choices for your patients.  1.0 Free CRCE Log-in to take free course.

Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia/Care of Tracehostomy Tubes and Trach Patients-  Covers trach care, strategies to minimize morbidity and mortality in this patient population, patient and family education, and decisions regarding weaning and decannulation. Differences in adult versus pediatric populations are also highlighted. Discuss the different impact that early versus late tracheostomy has on outcomes on medical compared to surgical/trauma patients. List 4 reasons that a study may not show improved outcomes with early versus later tracheostomy. List the elements of the “ventilator bundle” and suggest at least three other clinician actions that can influence the development of VAP.  1.0 Free CRCE    Link to Post-test  (Vol 9. No. 3)

Tracheostomy Care in the Home- Training the caregiver and patient in proper suction technique is critical to successful suctioning. We will review airway anatomy and AARC guidelines for suctioning. We will also discuss tracheostomy history, tracheotomy procedures, patient care needs and recommendations.

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