Nursing: Pediatric Pharmacology: Asthma

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About the Course

Nurses with asthmatic patient care responsibilities should clearly understand the pathology of asthma, along with its risks and logical steps to reduce the burden of illness.  This course provides a review of the pathology, diagnosis, and treatment of asthma and discusses the causes, associated symptoms, and complications of this medical emergency.  The course also describes diagnostic measures and potential pharmacotherapeutic approaches to management. 

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the learner should be able to:
  • Describe three historic asthma management approaches.
  • Name one subjective symptom associated with asthma.
  • Identify two risk factors for the development of asthma.
  • Characterize pathologic features found in most cases of asthma.
  • Define and explain airway remodeling.
  • List two triggers that may lead to asthma exacerbations.
  • Discuss the value of spirometry in the diagnosis and management of asthma.
  • Identify one medication commonly used in the treatment of asthma.
  • State a case where oxygen therapy may be appropriate.
  • Highlight two important aspects of methylprednisolone usage.

About the Author:
Bradley Gillespie, PharmD

Trained as a clinical pharmacist, Dr. Gillespie has practiced in an industrial setting for over 25 years. His initial role was as a clinical pharmacology and biopharmaceutics reviewer at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), followed by 20 years of leading early development programs in the pharma/biotech/nutritional industries. In addition to his industrial focus, he remains a registered pharmacist and enjoys mentoring drug development scientists and health professionals, leading workshops, and developing continuing education programs for pharmacy, nursing, and other medical professionals.

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