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Here is the presentation details, presenter, and length of all course content. All content is directly related to NBRC matrices. Overlap of topics may occur among videos.

  1. Patient Data Evaluation and Recommendation
    1. Review Data in the Patient Record
      1. Reviewing Patient Data; Kenneth Miller (54:41)
      2. Review Data in the Patient Record; Douglas Masini (33:33)
    2. Collect and Evaluate Additional Pertinent Clinical Information
      1. Perform Procedures and Interpret Procedure Results (12 lead ECG, transcutaneous monitoring, pulse oximetry, and capnography); Craig Black (32:12)
      2. Patient Data Evaluation and Recommendation (patient assessment and advance directives); Robert Harwood (28:36)
      3. Patient Data Evaluation and Recommendation (chest radiographs); Robert Harwood (14:52)
      4. Assessing the Patient (general appearance); Robert Harwood (32:20)
      5. Assess Patient’s Overall Cardiopulmonary Status by Palpation, Percussion, and Auscultation; Robert Harwood (20:16)
      6. Perform Procedure and Interpret Procedure Results (timed walk test, oxygen titration with exercise, and cardiopulmonary calculations); Dean Hess (28:53)
      7. Perform Procedure and Interpret Procedure Results (lung mechanics: plateau pressure, MIP, MEP); Dean Hess (34:58)
      8. Perform Procedure and Interpret Procedure Results (ventilator graphics); Dean Hess (30:47)
      9. CPAP Titration; Steven Nelson (4:07)
      10. Complex Pulmonary Function Tests: Lung Volumes; Steven Nelson (11:30)
      11. Complex Pulmonary Function Tests (flow/volume loop, bronchoprovocation, DLCO, exercise, and exhaled nitric oxide); Steven Nelson (13:42)
      12. Simple Pulmonary Function Tests; Steven Nelson (17:55)
      13. Apnea Monitoring, Overnight Pulse Oximetry, Transcutaneous Monitoring, Capnography; Lois Rowland (16:32)
      14. Blood Gas and Hemoximetry; Lois Rowland (42.23)
      15. Stress Test and Hemodynamics; Lois Rowland (21:29)
    3. Recommend Procedures to Obtain Additional Data
      1. Diagnostic Testing (imaging, sputum collection, bronchoscopy, thoracentesis, pulmonary function testing, sleep studies); Craig Black (22:30)
      2. Diagnostic Testing (hemodynamics, gas exchange, laboratory analysis of blood); Craig Black (25:58)
      3. Hemodynamic Testing and Tracheal Tube Cuff Pressure; Dean Hess (30:50)
  2. Equipment Manipulation, Infection Control, and Quality Control
    1. Manipulation of Equipment by Order or Protocol
      1. Bedside Screening Spirometers, Specialty Gas Analyzers, and Bronchoscopes; Timothy Myers (28:49)
      2. Small Volume Nebulizers, Metered Dose Inhalers, and Dry Powder Inhalers; Douglas Gardenhire (17:03)
      3. Patient Breathing Circuits, Continuous Mechanical Ventilation, and Non-invasive Ventilation;Dean Hess (24:27)
      4. Gas Delivery, Metering, and Clinical Analyzing Devices; David Lucas (15:56)
      5. Manometers, Respirometrs, Vacuum Systems, and Specialty Gases; David Lucas (10:45)
      6. Hemodynamic and ECG Monitoring Devices; David Lucas (12:47)
      7. Oxygen Administration Devices; Douglas Masini (7:04)
      8. Humidification; Douglas Masini (8:07)
      9. Artificial Airways; Douglas Masini (8:55)
      10. Hyperinflation and Airway Clearance Devices; Georgianna Sergakis (10:22)
    2. Ensure Infection Control
      1. Ensure Infection Control; Dean Hess (23:20)
    3. Perform Quality Control Procedures
      1. Perform Quality Control Procedures; Timothy Myers (23:00)
  3. Initiation and Modification of Therapeutic Procedures
    1. Maintain Records and Communicate Information
      1. Correct Documentation in the Medical Record and Communicating Patient Information; Georgianna Sergakis (6:32)
      2. Medical Record Documentation and Patient Education; Georgianna Sergakis (7:30)
    2. Maintain a Patient Airway Including Care of Artificial Airways
      1. Maintaining a Patent Airway, Endotracheal Airways, and Suctioning; Kenneth Miller (41:47)
    3. Remove Bronchopulmonary Secretions
      1. Remove Bronchopulmonary Secretions and Administer Aerosol Therapy with Prescribed Drugs; Douglas Gardenhire (18:05)
      2. Removing Bronchopulmonary Secretions and Bronchopulmonary Hygiene; Timothy Op’t Holt (36:41)
    4. Achieve Adequate Respiratory Support
      1. Change a Ventilator, Alter Mechanical Dead Space, Initiate Weaning, and Reduce Auto-PEEP and Plateau Pressure; Robert Kacmarek (38:42)
      2. Continuous Mechanical Ventilation; Robert Kacmarek (50:59)
      3. Non-invasive Ventilation; Robert Kacmarek (37:42)
      4. Incentive Spirometry, IPPB, Inspiratory Muscle Training, and Medications; Georgianna Sergakis (16:38)
    5. Evaluate and Monitor Patient’s Objective and Subjective Response to Respiratory Care
      1. Recommend Blood Tests, Monitor Airway Pressures, and Measure FiO2 and/or Oxygen Flow; Dean Hess (22:58)
      2. Pulmonary Function Tests; Steven Nelson (11:42)
      3. Recommend and Review Chest Radiograph; Timothy Op’t Holt (33:58)
      4. Sputum Characteristics, Patient-Ventilator Dysynchrony, Vital Signs, Cardiac Rhythm, and Fluid Balance; Timothy Op’t Holt (18:50)
    6. Independently Modify Therapeutic Procedures Based on the Patient’s Response
      1. Modifying Therapeutic Procedures: Case Analysis; Timothy Op’t Holt (14:48)
      2. Modifying Mechanical Ventilation Based on Patient Response; Susan Pilbeam (34:24)
      3. Non-invasive Positive Pressure Ventilation; Susan Pilbeam (27:08)
      4. Oxygen and Bronchopulmonary Hygiene; Georgianna Sergakis (11:18)
    7. Recommend Modifications in the Respiratory Care Plan Based on the Patient’s Response
      1. Recommend Pharmacologic Intervention (bronchodilation); Douglas Gardenhire (19:24)
      2. Recommend Pharmacologic Intervention (anti-inflammatory agents, mucolytics and proteolytics, and cardiovascular agents); Douglas Gardenhire (20:28)
      3. Recommend Pharmacologic Intervention (antimicrobial agents, sedatives, analgesics, paralytics, surfactants, and vaccines); Douglas Gardenhire (14:49)
      4. Artificial Airways; Dean Hess (23:51)
      5. Continuous Mechanical Ventilation; Robert Kacmarek (47:28)
      6. Adjust I:E Settings and Modify Ventilator Techniques; Susan Pilbeam (34:37)
      7. Improve Alveolar Ventilation and Enhance Oxygenation; Susan Pilbeam (39:12)
    8. Determine the Appropriateness of the Prescribed Respiratory Care Plan and Recommend Modifications When Indicated by Data
      1. Case Analysis; Timothy Op’t Holt (24:56)
      2. Conducting Health Management Education; Timothy Op’t Holt (25:35)
      3. Developing, Performing, and Monitoring the Outcomes of Quality Assurance Programs; Timothy Op’t Holt (19:28)
      4. Respiratory Therapy Protocols; Timothy Op’t Holt (21:13)
      5. Using an Interdisciplinary Patient and Family Plan; Timothy Op’t Holt (21:25)
    9. Initiate, Conduct, or Modify Respiratory Care Techniques in an Emergency Setting
      1. Treat cardiopulmonary emergencies according to ACLS, PALS, NRP; Steven Sittig (29:01)
      2. Intrahospital/Interfacility Medical Transport; Steven Sittig (16:14)
    10. Act as an Assistant to the Physician Performing Special Procedure
      1. Act as an Assistant to the Physician Performing Special Procedure; Georgianna Sergakis (14:30)
    11. Initiate and Conduct Pulmonary Rehabilitation and Home Care
      1. Initiate and Conduct Pulmonary Rehabilitation and Home Care; Georgianna Sergakis (13:51)


  1. Test Taking Skills
    1. Planning and Preparation for the NBRC Examinations; Bill Galvin (27:38)
    2. Effective Study Skills for the NBRC Examinations; Bill Galvin (43:43)
    3. Test Taking Strategies & Techniques-NBRC Clinical Simulation; Bill Galvin (48:25)
    4. Test Taking Strategies & Techniques-NBRC Written Exams; Bill Galvin (37:08)