Disciplines: Respiratory Therapy
Hours: 1 Contact Hour
Author(s): Beth Eliot, MS, RRT-NPS
Peer Reviewer(s): Traci Marin, PhD, MPH, RRT, RPGST
Item#: V7245
Contents: 1 Course Book (34 pages)

Sleep Apnea and Home Positive Airway Pressure Therapy

Price $9.95
Item # V7245
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Expiration Date: September 4, 2018

The use of home positive airway pressure (PAP) machines is steadily increasing as more patients are being diagnosed with sleep apnea. This brief course discusses the sleep apneas (OSA, CSA, and MSA) and the newest modes available for home PAP machines, which offer more options and settings as well as improved tolerance and compliance than their predecessors. A basic understanding of home PAP machines is assumed.

Course Objectives

  • Explain the most common sleep disorders, including obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
  • List the indications and the contraindications for home positive airway pressure (PAP).
  • Identify safety precautions for home PAP.
  • Explain how the ramp setting operates.
  • Summarize the benefits of C-Flex™ with CPAP.  
  • Describe how to utilize Auto-CPAP.
  • Explain how the memory card is beneficial when used with PAP machines.

Beth Eliot, MS, RRT-NPS, is a independent facilitator for patient advocacy for the underprivileged in her immediate community. Beth received her master’s degree in microbiology from Georgetown University, a bachelor’s degree in emergency medical care from Loma Linda University, and an AS RT from Victor Valley College. She gained her experience working at Loma Linda University Medical Center and Children’s Hospital in the NICU, PICU, and emergency departments; as an adjunct faculty member at Loma Linda University; and at Victor Valley College as a clinical instructor.

Traci Marin, PhD, MPH, RRT, RPGST, is an assistant research professor and program director 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 John Shyy’s Laboratory at the University of California, San Diego, as well as the founder of Tranquility Community Health. Traci received her PhD from the University of California, Riverside, in biochemistry and molecular biology, and her MPH in epidemiology and biostatistics and BS in emergency medical care from Loma Linda University.

  • 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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  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.