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This course is an updated version of Evaluation of the Pulmonary Patient (V7157).
Respiratory therapists are relied on to communicate effectively and function responsibly on behalf of their patients, as well as demonstrate accurate evaluation of the cardiopulmonary system and have the ability to identify signs and symptoms associated with cardiopulmonary disturbances or disease. They are also required to employ and interpret available diagnostic tests to ascertain and quantify the degree of abnormality. This course presents a step-by-step evaluation procedure that includes interview, observation of the patient and physical surroundings, details of a complete physical examination and chest examination, medical record review, and documentation. This information is followed by discussion of typical diagnostic tools performed and or interpreted by the respiratory therapist.
- List the components of a thorough respiratory-based physical examination.
- Identify signs and symptoms that alert the respiratory therapist to possible disease processes.
- Summarize the pertinent data from the medical records for evaluation purposes.
- Detail the importance of baseline values.
- Differentiate normal versus abnormal laboratory values.
- Demonstrate competence in interpreting chest radiology reports.
- Detail the essential elements to be included in the respiratory care progress notes.
- List the bedside pulmonary tests used to evaluate patients.
- Describe the “textbook” obstructive pulmonary disease patient.
- Summarize the “textbook” restrictive pulmonary disease patient.
Kevin T. Martin, BVE, RRT, RCP
, was the founder of Respiratory Care Educational Consulting Services, Inc. (RCECS).
Traci Marin, PhD, MPH, RRT, RPGST, is an assistant research professor, 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 Dr. John Shyy’s laboratory at the University of California, San Diego, as well as the founder of Tranquility Community Health. Dr. Marin received a PhD from the University of California, Riverside, in biochemistry and molecular biology; 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.
- Contact hours will be awarded for up to one (1) year from the date the course is ordered, unless otherwise indicated with an expiration date.
- 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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