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Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a genetic disease affecting approximately 30,000 people in the United States and 70,000 worldwide. Respiratory therapists play a significant role in the assessment and treatment of this complicated disease. This course is designed to help the respiratory therapist recognize the symptoms of cystic fibrosis as well as standard testing procedures and treatment. Dietary problems associated with cystic fibrosis are discussed as well as the importance of enzymatic supplements. Infections and complications are discussed, along with changes in life expectancy for people with cystic fibrosis.
- Describe the incidence and etiology of cystic fibrosis.
- Identify the symptoms of cystic fibrosis.
- Describe the testing procedures used to diagnose cystic fibrosis.
- Identify the most common causes of lung infection in children with cystic fibrosis.
- Describe the purpose of the pulmonary function test with cystic fibrosis patients.
- Identify the common pulmonary treatments for cystic fibrosis.
- Describe the dietary problems associated with cystic fibrosis.
- Identify the importance of enzymatic supplementation for cystic fibrosis patients.
- List several complications from cystic fibrosis.
- Contrast life expectancy of today’s cystic fibrosis patients with that of cystic fibrosis patients of the past.
Traci Marin, PhD, MPH, RRT, RPGST, is an assistant research professor and program director and professor in 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’s Laboratory at the University of California, San Diego, as well as the founder of Tranquility Community Health. Traci received her PhD from the University of California, Riverside, in biochemistry and molecular biology, and her MPH in epidemiology and biostatistics and BS in emergency medical care from Loma Linda University.
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