|Price:|| $29.95|| ||Hours:||3 Contact Hours|
Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is a syndrome with identified predisposing factors, no known cause, a rapid onset, and severe lung malfunction that results in the inability of the lungs to take up oxygen. ARDS is one of the major causes of respiratory failure and hospital morbidity. Although some improvements have been made in ARDS treatment, healthcare professionals are still faced with many challenges in the care of patients with this syndrome. Despite numerous advances in supportive care, the mortality rate of ARDS remains high. Forty to sixty percent of patients with ARDS still do not survive despite supportive therapy.
Although researchers are investigating approaches to reduce the severity and progression of ARDS, prevention is the most important intervention, and the treatment of precipitating factors with ventilatory support remains the standard therapy for reducing the severity of ARDS. Healthcare professionals play an essential role in prevention, early recognition and diagnosis, and treatment of this catastrophic syndrome.
This course is designed for healthcare professionals who care for patients who might be at risk for or who have ARDS. The goal of the course is to provide an overview of ARDS. The course presents essential information about the pathophysiology, incidence, progression, and collaborative treatment of ARDS. The long-term care of a patient with ARDS is also discussed. A summary of care during the critical care period is also provided; however, the reader is encouraged to refer to critical care texts for a complete orientation to this complex care.
|Price:|| $44.95|| ||Hours:||5 Contact Hours|
Expiration Date: November 25, 2017
This course focuses on the properties of the most likely biological agents and the associated diseases that could be involved in terrorist acts. A foundational understanding of bacterial, viral, and biological toxins, as well as principles of disease epidemiology, is necessary to understand the biological agents that are considered our most significant threats. In addition to a review of the characteristics of bacteria and viruses, an in-depth analysis of Category A biological weapons (agents of highest threat/risk) is provided, including their history and significance, biological characteristics, means of transmission, clinical features and presentation, criteria for diagnosis, medical management, and options for prophylaxis. This course is organized in such a way as to serve as a foundation to meet the informational needs of the healthcare team, as well as public health and law enforcement personnel, to be prepared to recognize and respond to biological terrorism-associated incidents.
|Price:|| $19.95|| ||Hours:||2 Contact Hours|
Release Date: April 15, 2016
The purpose of this course is to familiarize respiratory therapists with the relationship between hypoxia and hypoxemia, as well as their causes and treatments. Hypoxia (including hypoxic hypoxia, stagnant hypoxia, histotoxic hypoxia, and anemic hypoxia) is a complex problem requiring intricate knowledge and skill on the part of the respiratory therapist. This course empowers the respiratory therapist to understand and properly treat hypoxia resulting from multiple and varied causes. A new section in this revision provides the information on air travel by hypoxic patients as a high altitude environment poses special challenges to these patients.
|Price:|| $9.95|| ||Hours:||1 Contact Hour|
Release Date: December 22, 2016
As we move further into the 21st century, chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear critical incidents are on the rise. Between social media and 24/7 news, we learn about these incidents in real time. Healthcare practitioners are challenged now more than ever to mobilize in an instant to meet the needs of victims and communities during the response and recovery efforts.
This course is designed to give clinicians an overview of chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear incidents. The topics include how such incidents occur; the toxicity and clinical implications of agents that can be released; how a critical incident scene is managed; mass casualty triage and decontamination procedures; and how healthcare facilities plan for and facilitate the recovery effort as things get back to normal after a critical incident.