Disciplines: Respiratory Therapy
Hours: 9 Contact Hours
Item#: VPS09

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Guidelines to Optimizing Patient Care, 2nd Edition

Price: $9.95 Hours:1 Contact Hour
Item # V7257  

Release Date: April 18, 2016

Americans demand clinical quality standards, and they expect a commitment from all healthcare institutions to delivering safe, quality, and cost-effective medicine. Clinical quality standards are rising quickly, and healthcare institutions cannot afford to fall behind. They must implement strategies that will meet the economic and quality demands expected by third-party payers, patients, and accreditation agencies. Constant evaluation of effectiveness of current practice, cost containment, preventative health measures, and health promotion is necessary. This course identifies tools and measurements that will assist managers and governance boards in the efficient enhancement of cost and resource management through discussions on continuous improvement, W. Edwards Deming's 14 principles, Aims for Improvement, and best practices for displaying performance results. 

Protecting Patient Safety: Preventing Medical Errors for Respiratory Therapists

Price: $19.95 Hours:2 Contact Hours
Item # V7232  

Patient safety practices are of crucial importance for all healthcare professionals. The Institute of Medicine’s groundbreaking 1999 document To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System reported that medical errors were the cause of between 44,000 and 98,000 patient deaths each year. Physicians, nurses, and respiratory therapists are all involved with the care of these patients, and all have their own responsibilities in protecting the safety of patients.

Respiratory therapists are responsible for the assessment and treatment of patients with both acute and chronic cardiopulmonary conditions. Respiratory therapists are engaged in caring for patients in a wide array of health care settings including critical care units, emergency departments, general medical surgical areas, and home care environments. Respiratory therapists are also engaged in the care of patients representing all age groups, from the neonatal to geriatric populations. Respiratory therapists provide direct care to critically ill patients receiving mechanical ventilation. Due to the crucial nature of operating life-support equipment, competency in patient safety practices is of utmost importance to the respiratory therapist.

The purpose of this course is to present the concepts and issues related to patient safety and medical errors, as well as to explore the changes that are necessary for the development of a culture of safety. The National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) assesses the respiratory therapist’s knowledge of nationally recognized patient safety concepts as part of the credentialing exams. Patient safety concepts and practice standards are also recognized nationally as an essential content area in the respiratory care curricula among respiratory care training programs. However, there is also a need for a more coordinatedapproach to increase awareness, and to implement changes, in order to improve. Upon completion of this course, the participants will demonstrate an increased level of knowledge surrounding patient safety and medical errors. Secondly, the participants will be able to practically apply this knowledge in the clinical setting, thus promoting a culture of safety.

Florida - Fulfills your medical error requirement.

Pennsylvania & Tennessee -  Fulfills your patient safety requirement. 

Continuous Quality Improvement: Methods and Tools, 2nd Edition

Price: $19.95 Hours:2 Contact Hours
Item # V7255  

Release Date: April 18, 2016

Continuous quality improvement (CQI) is a philosophy that is implemented as an ongoing effort to continuously evaluate and improve a service, process, or product. The process creates an environment in which all members of a team work together to constantly improve quality that may result in incremental changes or abrupt, substantial changes. As patient advocates, recognizing CQI as an important tool to improve function has the potential to reduce wasted resources and improve the work environment for management and staff. CQI is a management philosophy that can be integrated into day-to-day functions at the bedside through a nonbureaucratic educate and support model, rather than a bureaucratic command and control model. This course offers an introduction to CQI components, benefits, and strategies for healthcare providers, from administrators to beside practitioners.

Development and Implementation of the Respiratory Care Patient Education Program, 2nd Edition

Price: $19.95 Hours:2 Contact Hours
Item # V7247  

This course is an updated version of Development and Implementation of the Respiratory Care Patient Education Program (V7168).

This course guides respiratory therapists in the education of cardiopulmonary patients, a task so important that the AARC published a position statement to identify, illustrate, and support the involvement of respiratory care practitioners in the promotion of health and the prevention of disease. Described are the key conditions needed for effective health education and the focus of education appropriate for different patient and caregiver populations. The various teaching techniques and resources available for patient education are addressed. This discussion is inclusive of all age groups (from neonate through geriatric), and therefore contains age-specific guidelines for educating patients and caregivers.

Human Trafficking: Identification, Intervention, and Prevention

Price: $19.95 Hours:2 Contact Hours
Item # V7297  

Release Date: December 28, 2016

Human trafficking is a global public health and human rights issue involving the exploitation of 18.7 million people and yielding profits of $150 billion (USD) per year worldwide. In 2014, within the United States, 5,042 cases of human trafficking were reported to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center. Although organizations from all sectors have emerged to fight against and prevent human trafficking, healthcare professionals are in a unique position to prevent, identify, and care for trafficked persons. In fact, one study reported that 88% of trafficked persons interacted with a healthcare professional during their time being trafficked. Despite a high frequency of contact with trafficked individuals, there is a documented lack of education available to healthcare providers on the signs of human trafficking as well as a lack of protocols on how to care for trafficked individuals.

This course is an introduction into the complex crime of human trafficking, with a focus on sex and labor trafficking and the common symptoms and conditions that occur in trafficked persons. The course provides insights into the facts surrounding human trafficking and relevant health risks for the trafficked person. The course prepares healthcare professionals to become advocates for trafficked persons. Care of these individuals is as unique as the trafficked persons themselves, but research on the needs and common patterns of symptoms makes it possible to outline recommendations for prevention of human trafficking and identification and care of this vulnerable population. Healthcare providers who complete this course will be able to recognize the signs and symptoms of trafficked persons and identify the interventions needed to care for these individuals. Additionally, this course lists national resources that provide vital services to trafficked persons and it makes recommendations for patient and staff safety when addressing these potentially volatile scenarios.