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Disciplines: Respiratory Therapy
Hours: 2 Contact Hours
  • Helen Schaar Corning, RRT, RCP (Original Author)
  • Dr. Lisa Trujillo, DHSc, RRT (Revision Author)
Peer Reviewer(s): Brian Parker, MPH, RRT
Item#: V7252
Contents: 1 Course Book (44 pages)

Nitric Oxide, 2nd Edition

Price $19.95
Item # V7252
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

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. 

Course Objectives

  • 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.

Brian Parker, MPH, RRT, has been a practicing respiratory therapist since 1964. His background includes clinical assignments in routine care and critical care, as well as in education, management, and marketing. His clinical assignments have included patients at high risk (organ transplant, burns, trauma) requiring strict adherence to infection control principles. Brian’s clinical education assignments included departmental management responsibilities for infection control and quality assurance at a large university-affiliated medical center. Additionally, he 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 for 15 years. Brian has also conducted laboratory exercises for respiratory care students annually in preparation for their introduction to clinical experience. His education has included graduate-level course work in epidemiology, statistics, and microbiology that all contribute to content knowledge and have enriched his practice knowledge in professional respiratory care.

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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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