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Respiratory Therapy

Hours: 6 Contact Hours
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Disaster and Mass Casualty Incident Planning Guide for Healthcare Professionals

Price: $19.95 
Item # V7295  

Release Date: August 17, 2017

Expiration Date: August 17, 2020

Introducing the concept of creating a healthcare facilities disaster-planning guide initially may raise eyebrows, because society assumes that every facility is already prepared for anything. Both state and federal agencies have pushed, nudged, and offered resources to facilities to “get prepared,” yet the reality is that most facilities have only a basic emergency preparedness plan, preparing for a specific type of regional disaster based on their best guess of which event will occur. Although it is true that the facility cannot fully prepare for everything, these basic plans are “off-the-shelf” plans designed to be implemented in response to predefined specific events and lack the needed flexibility to be readily adapted to unexpected disasters.

This intermediate-level course is intended for healthcare professionals, emergency management, and administrators. The information in this course outlines the initial plans to address a multitude of possible variations of disaster. After completing this course, healthcare professionals will have the basic information they need to develop an effective plan for a potential disaster or mass casualty incident. The plan will reflect the facility’s ability to adapt to critical environmental and organizational needs and risks.

 

Disclosures
  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content
Objectives

Course Objectives

  • Describe the core mandate a facility should establish in the event of a disaster or mass casualty incident (MCI).
  • Define disasters and mass casualty incidents, and the risk assessment involved in developing an emergency response plan.
  • Describe the clinical application of three triage systems, START, SALT, and SOFA.
  • Detail the stepwise approach for establishing effective responses for Level 1, 2, and 3 disasters, and the thresholds for each.
  • Describe a resource survey to determine the availability of resources, what will be needed, and what can be obtained.
  • Detail the five layers of protection in a facility security response plan.
  • Describe the considerations involved in an emergency response evacuation plan and relocation to austere sites.
  • Describe recovery planning when returning to normal operations after a disaster or mass casualty incident is over.
Author Bio(s)

 

Dave E. Swift, RRT, has been a registered respiratory therapist since 1983. In 1999, Mr. Swift was tasked with facilitating Ottawa Hospital’s preparation for Y2K. Taking an active interest in emergency preparedness, he began his training in disaster and emergency preparedness. In 2007, Mr. Swift became the subject matter expert and respiratory therapy team lead for the National Office of the Healthcare Emergency Response Team (NOHERT), a Canadian federal team for Health Canada. His instruction included chemical, biological, radiation, and nuclear (CBRN) train-the-trainer (provided by the Canadian Security and Intelligence Agency and the U.S. Army Medical Command, Dietrich, Maryland), emergency response in austere locations, and disaster management and planning. With the disbanding of NOHERT in 2012, Mr. Swift continued his activities as a monthly columnist for Advance for Respiratory Care and Sleep Medicine and assisted with the review and update of Strategic National Stockpile (including the national mechanical ventilator pool’s selection). As a charge therapist and campus coordinator at the Ottawa Hospital–Civic Campus, Mr. Swift’s responsibilities include developing and maintaining his depart­ment’s emergency response plan. Because of its location in Canada’s national capital, the Ottawa Hospital is des­ignated as the lead organization in any CBRN event.

 

Peer Reviewer Bio(s)

Beth Eliot, MS, RRT-NPS, is an independent facilitator for patient advocacy for the underprivileged in her immediate community. Beth received her master’s degree in microbiology from Georgetown University, a bachelor’s degree in emergency medical care from Loma Linda University, and an associate’s degree in respiratory therapy from Victor Valley College. She gained her experience working at Loma Linda University Medical Center and Children’s Hospital in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), pediatric ICU (PICU), and emergency departments; at Loma Linda University as adjunct faculty; and at Victor Valley College as a clinical instructor.

Evidence-Based Strategies for Weaning From Mechanical Ventilation

Price: $19.95 
Item # V7281  

Release Date: September 5, 2017

Expiration Date: September 5, 2020

This course provides a comprehensive coverage of scientific and clinical evidence for successful weaning from mechanical ventilation for respiratory therapists. Major topics in this course include: indications for mechanical ventilation, factors affecting readiness for weaning, clinical considerations, criteria for weaning and discontinuance, monitoring parameters and adverse reactions, progressive withdrawal of mechanical ventilation, and spontaneous breathing trial (SBT), SBT procedures and SBT failure. Clinical practice exercise with discussion are also included at the end of this course. Pre-test and post-test questions are used to assess learning outcomes. A list of references is provided as a guide for additional reading.

Disclosures
  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content
Objectives

Course Objectives

  • List the indications for mechanical ventilation.
  • Describe the factors affecting the readiness for weaning from mechanical ventilation.
  • Describe the criteria and thresholds for weaning from mechanical ventilation.
  • Describe the criteria and thresholds for discontinuance from mechanical ventilation, including the calculation and interpretation of the rapid shallow breathing index.
  • Describe the ventilator mode for progressive withdrawal of mechanical ventilation.
  • Outline the procedure for spontaneous breathing trial.
Author Bio(s)

 

David W. Chang, EdD, RRT, CTTS, is a professor of cardio-respiratory care at the University of South Alabama and a certified tobacco treatment specialist. He has served on many committees and in many capacities at the American Association for Respiratory Care, the National Board for respiratory Care, and the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care. Dr. Chang’s special interests are in research and mechanical ventilation. He has published five textbooks and developed an open source website, rtexam.com, for students and practitioners. In his spare time, Dr. Chang conducts an ongoing smoking cessation program at Victory Health Partners, which is a community health clinic for uninsured adults.

 

Peer Reviewer Bio(s)

Heather O’Connell, MS, RRT, CPFT, has worked in the field of respiratory therapy for more than 10 years as both a practitioner and an educator. She earned her associate’s degree in 2007 from Edison State College, her bachelor’s degree in cardiopulmonary sciences from the University of Central Florida, and her master’s degree in health services administration from Southern New Hampshire University. Ms. O’Connell began her practice in an acute care facility, working with a variety of patient populations at Southwest Regional Hospital. She then moved on to working in labor and delivery as well as the local trauma center and with the open-heart program. These varied experiences have given her the opportunity to work with a wide range of ventilators, such as the Dräger, the Servo-I, the oscillator, and the Puritan Bennett. With exposure to a variety of patient populations, Ms. O’Connell has worked with many different doctors and philosophies in terms of weaning and liberating patients from mechanical ventilation.

Pulmonary Edema, 2nd Edition

Price: $19.95 
Item # V7289  

Release Date: January 19, 2018

Expiration Date: January 19, 2021

The purpose of this intermediate-level course is to provide advanced respiratory care practitioners with up-to-date continuing education on the pathophysiologic processes, clinical findings, diagnoses, etiologic factors, and current trends in the management of pulmonary edema.

Disclosures
  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.
Objectives
Author Bio(s)

Traci Marin, PhD, MPH, RRT, RPGST, is an associate research professor and program director in the Department of Cardiopulmonary Sciences, Schools of Allied Health and Medicine, at Loma Linda University and program director of doctoral studies in health sciences at Trident University. She is also an adjunct researcher and advisor in the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego, as well as the founder of Tranquility Community Health. Dr. Marin received a PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology from the University of California, Riverside; an MPH in epidemi­ology and biostatistics from Loma Linda University; a bachelor’s degree in emergency medical care from Loma Linda University; and an associate’s degree in respiratory therapy from Victor Valley College.

Amber Melendez, RCP, RRT, is currently working as a respiratory therapist for the Hesperia Unified School District, providing care to medically fragile students. She received her respiratory therapy education at Victor Valley College and has gained clinical experience in the areas of trauma, hyperbaric therapy, and emergency and intensive care. She also holds a professional expert position at Victor Valley College, where she conducts laboratory educational activities for respiratory therapy students.

Content Editor

Lisa M. Trujillo, DHSc, RRT, is the director of clinical education and associate professor at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. She earned her doctor of health science with an emphasis on global health at Nova Southeastern University. In addition, she earned her master of respiratory therapy degree with an emphasis on higher education at Northeastern University; her bachelor’s degree at Weber State University; and her RRT at Weber State University. Dr. Trujillo serves as the international outreach committee chair of the Coalition on Baccalaureate and Graduate Respiratory Therapy Education (CoBGRTE), a neonatal pediatric program instructor/trainer for the American Academy of Pediatrics, the director at large of the AARC Board of Directors, and the founder and president of Charity Beyond Borders nonprofit organization, which provides medical and educational services in Ghana.