Disciplines: Respiratory Therapy
Hours: 12 Contact Hours
Item#: VST12

Adult Sub-Acute Care Bundle

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Item # VST12
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Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease, 2nd Edition

Price: $29.95 Hours:3 Contact Hours
Item # V7147  

An estimated 15 million people in the United States have chronic obstructive lung disease, also known as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). This is a preventable and treatable disease that is characterized by partially reversible airway obstruction. The major symptoms of the disease are cough, sputum production, and dyspnea, with activity intolerance being a central feature. Monitoring and managing these and other symptoms is a daily activity for patients with COPD. Cigarette smoking is the main risk factor for the disease; therefore, smoking cessation must be an integral part of any treatment program. It is essential that healthcare professionals tailor patient care to meet the individual needs of patients with COPD. Such care can contribute to an increased quality of life for patients with COPD and help in preventing and reducing hospitalizations.

This course is intended for healthcare professionals who care for patients with COPD and practice in a wide range of settings. Patients with COPD are treated in intensive care units and acute and long-term care facilities, as well as in outpatient clinics, provider offices, and their own homes. The purpose of this course is to explore ways in which healthcare professionals can contribute to an improved quality of life for patients with COPD while also helping to prevent or reduce exacerbations. The prevalence of COPD makes it essential that healthcare professionals maintain up-to-date knowledge regarding this disease.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation, 2nd Edition

Price: $29.95 Hours:3 Contact Hours
Item # V7149  

There has been an impressive rise in the number of pulmonary rehabilitation programs recently. This rise is related to the positive results that patients in these programs have achieved. Advances in the care of patients with chronic lung disease have extended the scope and applicability of pulmonary rehabilitation. The multidisciplinary comprehensive approach has contributed to patient success rates. Healthcare professionals from a variety of backgrounds are contributing to the success of these programs. Ideally, the pulmonary rehabilitation team consists of physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, exercise specialists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, social workers, dietitians, psychologists, and spiritual care staff. These professionals work together to carry out the treatment plan, and to provide the patient with self-management skills and ongoing support. This course provides updated information about pulmonary rehabilitation. The course defines pulmonary rehabilitation, describes the benefits, and outlines the patient’s initial assessment. The components of a typical program are also discussed. The course is relevant to all healthcare professionals who have contact with patients with chronic lung disease, whether in hospital or community settings. The reader is encouraged to use the Resources section of the course book to gain further knowledge of pulmonary rehabilitation. 

Lung Cancer, 2nd Edition

Price: $29.95 Hours:3 Contact Hours
Item # V7171  

Lung cancer is the second most common cancer in both men and women (not including skin cancer), but is the leading cause of cancer deaths in both men and women in the United Sates. (American Cancer Society [ACS], 2014a).

Although several risk factors can contribute to the development of lung cancer. smoking tobacco products – even low tar, menthol or “light” cigarettes – remains the primary risk factor, and causes an estimated 80% of lung cancer deaths; cigar and pipe smokers have almost as high a risk for developing lung cancer as do cigarette smokers (ACS, 2014b). Currently, controlling such risk factors as cigarette smoking and detecting primary tumors early are the most effective ways of reducing mortality rates. Lung cancer research continues to focus on prevention, early screening methods, and more effective targeted treatments to improve outcomes and decrease the adverse effects of current treatments. All patients with lung cancer require ongoing long-term treatment, education about self-care measures, and psychosocial support. This course presents an overview of lung cancer and updated information for healthcare professionals who work with people at risk for or those diagnosed with lung cancer. In addition, because lung cancer can be a chronic illness, there are many lung cancer survivors who continue to need health care. Rapid changes in cancer care make it imperative to have current information about prevention, detection, diagnosis, and treatment. Oncology-related resources for patients, families, and clinicians are also included in the course.

Guidelines to Optimizing Patient Care, 2nd Edition

Price: $9.95 Hours:1 Contact Hour
Item # V7257  

Release Date: April 18, 2016

Americans demand clinical quality standards, and they expect a commitment from all healthcare institutions to delivering safe, quality, and cost-effective medicine. Clinical quality standards are rising quickly, and healthcare institutions cannot afford to fall behind. They must implement strategies that will meet the economic and quality demands expected by third-party payers, patients, and accreditation agencies. Constant evaluation of effectiveness of current practice, cost containment, preventative health measures, and health promotion is necessary. This course identifies tools and measurements that will assist managers and governance boards in the efficient enhancement of cost and resource management through discussions on continuous improvement, W. Edwards Deming's 14 principles, Aims for Improvement, and best practices for displaying performance results. 

Pulmonary Anatomy and Physiology, 2nd Edition

Price: $19.95 Hours:2 Contact Hours
Item # V7284  

Release Date: July 18, 2017

This basic-level course provides respiratory therapists with a review of the concepts and principles of anatomy and physiology that apply to clinical practice. This course reviews the structure (anatomy) and function (physiology) of the respiratory system. Structure is covered beginning with a description of the thoracic cage and thoracic cavity, followed by a discussion of lung structures. A description of the airways, alveoli, and the alveolar-capillary membrane is then provided. Physiology related to the pulmonary system is then described. The process of bulk air movement and lung volumes and lung capacities are discussed. Dead space, defenses of the lung, alveolar stability and expansion, and diffusion are also presented. The course concludes with a description of O2 transport, CO2 transport, and neural control of the lungs.