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Disciplines: Respiratory Therapy
Hours: 1 Contact Hour
Author(s): Tammy A. Miller MEd, RRT, CPFT
Peer Reviewer(s): Brian Parker, MPH, RRT
Item#: V7279
Contents: 1 Course Book (38 pages)

Management of Common Neuromuscular Disorders, 2nd Edition

Price $9.95
Item # V7279
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Release Date: July 25, 2018

Expiration Date: July 25, 2021

The purpose of this intermediate-level review course is to provide respiratory therapists with an overview of the definition, etiology, pathophysiology, and management of common neuromuscular disorders.A detailed discussion is provided for the 3 main neuromuscular disorders - Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Guillain-Barre Syndrome, and Myasthenia gravis. Other neuromuscular disorders included in this course are polio, muscular dystrophies, myopathies, and multiple sclerosis.

Course Objectives

  • Explain the function of the neuromuscular junction as well as of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine (ACh).
  • Describe the characteristics and signs and symptoms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), along with a typical treatment plan.
  • Describe the characteristics and signs and symptoms of Guillain-Barré syndrome, along with a typical treatment plan.
  • Describe the characteristics and signs and symptoms of myasthenia gravis, along with a typical treatment plan.
  • List and describe other neuromuscular disorders.

Tammy A. Miller MEd, RRT, CPFT, is the program chair of the respiratory care program at Southern Regional Technical College, where she has been teaching for 26 years. Ms. Miller teaches all degree-level courses in the respiratory care curriculum, as well as the technical diploma-level anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, and introduction-to-healthcare courses, as needed during faculty shortages. She also teaches degree-level psychology courses on an as-needed basis. Ms. Miller has been a respiratory therapist since 1984, and continues serving in clinical practice on the weekend supplemental staff pool in the regional healthcare system. She holds a diploma in respiratory therapy, a bachelor of science degree in psychology, and a master of education degree in technical and adult education. She recently completed the course work for a doctoral degree in industrial and organizational (I/O) psychology and is currently in the final stage of her dissertation proposal. Ms. Miller is credentialed by the National Board of Respiratory Care (NBRC) as a registered respiratory therapist (RRT) and certified pulmonary function technologist (CPFT). She is certified as an instructor by the American Heart Association in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), and Basic Life Support (BLS). She is also certified in Neonatal Resuscitation (NRP) by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Ms. Miller was named instructor of the year at Southern Regional Technical College in 1994 and in 2012. She served as a commissioner and site visitor on the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).

Brian Parker, MPH, RRT, has been a practicing respiratory therapist since 1964. His background includes clinical assignments in routine care, critical care, education, management, and manufacturer marketing. His clinical assignments have included patients at high risk (organ transplant, burns, trauma) who required strict adherence to infection control principles. His clinical education assignments have included departmental management responsibilities for infection control and quality assurance at a large university-affiliated medical center. Additionally, Mr. Parker has held faculty posts with numerous respiratory care programs, where he was responsible for the didactic presentation of evolving infection control methods along with clinical presentation and evaluation of student implementation of those methods. He has taught respiratory care courses, including infection control content, for fifteen years. He has also conducted laboratory exercises for respiratory care students annually in preparation for their introduction to clinical experience. Mr. Parker’s education included graduate level course work in epidemiology, statistics, and microbiology.

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  • 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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