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Release Date: January 13, 2016
Expiration Date: January 13, 2019
Nitric Oxide, though a highly toxic gas, has been used since the 1990s to treat persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn as well as other neonatal and adult applications such as primary pulmonary hypertension, adult respiratory distress syndrome, bronchopulmonary dysplasia, heart and lung transplantation, and more. This course discusses the indications for inhaled nitric oxide therapy as well as applications, contraindications, administration, and patient monitoring. Adverse reactions are also included, such as elevated methemoglobin, drug interactions, occupational exposure, platelet inhibition, rebound problems, and more. Both neonates and adult applications are addressed. The course ends with information on new therapies and clinical trials.
- Define nitric oxide (NO) and its therapeutic effects as well as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved indication for NO therapy
- Identify potential neonatal and adult applications of NO
- List the contraindications for NO therapy
- Define methemoglobinemia, and relate it to NO concentrations
- Explain why the level of nitrogen dioxide is important
- Identify methods of minimizing adverse reactions
- List the goals of NO therapy
- Identify important parameters to monitor
- Explain the use of the oxygen index measurement
- Describe the methods of administering NO therapy and dosing guidelines for NO administration
- Describe important aspects of weaning from NO therapy, the “rebound effect,” and causes of hypoxic respiratory failure and pulmonary hypertension in neonates
Helen Schaar Corning, RRT, RCP, has been a respiratory therapist for more than 10 years and is the original author of this course.
Dr. Lisa M. Trujillo, DHSc, RRT, is the Director of Clinical Education and Associate Professor at Weber State University in Ogden, UT. She earned her Doctor of Health Science with an emphasis on global health at Nova Southeastern University, Master’s of Respiratory Therapy with an emphasis in higher education at Northeastern University, Bachelor’s at Weber State University, and RRT at Weber State University. Dr. Trujillo serves as the International Outreach Committee Chair of the Coalition on Baccalaureate and Graduate Respiratory Therapy Education (CoBGRTE), a Neonatal Pediatric Program Instructor/Trainer for the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Director at Large of the AARC Board of Directors, and the founder and president of the Charity Beyond Borders nonprofit organization providing medical and educational services in Ghana.
- 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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