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Disciplines: Respiratory Therapy
Hours: 2 Contact Hours
Author(s): Traci Marin, PhD, MPH, RRT, RPGST
Content Editor: Melinda Shuler, BSBA, RRT, RCP, CTTS, HHS, AE-C
Item#: V7307
Contents: 1 Course Book (56 pages)

Asthma, As a Disease State, 2nd Edition

Price $19.95
Item # V7307
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Release Date: July 24, 2018

Expiration Date: July 25, 2021

This is an intermediate-level course geared toward respiratory therapists and all healthcare professionals who care for individuals with asthma. Up-to-date information regarding the definition of asthma, its pathology and interventions are provided.

Course Objectives

  • Define asthma, and discuss its incidence and prevalence rates.
  • Describe the pathological changes characteristic of asthma.
  • Identify common clinical presentation of asthmatic exacerbation.
  • Explain the mechanisms of common pharmacological agents used in the treatment of asthma.
  • Discuss the criteria for hospital admission and indications and guidelines for mechanical ventilation in the asthmatic exacerbations.

Traci Marin, PhD, MPH, RRT, RPGST, is an assistant research professor and program director and professor for the Department of Cardiopulmonary Sciences, Schools of Allied Health and Medicine at Loma Linda University. She is also an adjunct researcher and advisor at the Department of Medicine at John Shyy Lab at the University of California, San Diego as well as the founder of Tranquility Community Health. Traci received her doctoral degree from the University of California, Riverside in biochemistry and molecular biology and her bachelor of science degree from Loma Linda University in emergency medical care.

Melinda Shuler, BSBA, RRT, RCP, CTTS, HHS, AE-C is the Regional Clinical Supervisor and Principal Investigator of the Regional Asthma Disease Management Program of Mission Children’s Hospital, in Asheville, NC. The program is recognized as one of thirteen National Asthma Demonstration sites by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. In 2012, the program was awarded the US Environmental Protection Agency Healthcare Provider National Asthma Award. Melinda completed her bachelor of science and business administration in finance and economics at Western Carolina University, and her associate of applied science in respiratory care from Southwestern Community College. Her post graduate work includes a diploma in asthma care from the National Respiratory Training Center, Duke University. Melinda serves on the coordinating committee of the National Asthma Education Prevention Program. She serves on the board of directors for the Association of Asthma Educators. She also serves on the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America advisory committee and is chair of the Education and Public Awareness Committee of the Asthma Alliance of North Carolina.

  • 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.
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