Current Topics in Respiratory Care 2016

This educational 8 DVD annual series offers an in-depth exploration of recent scientific advancements in respiratory care and the evidence-based practices that improve delivery of care and reduce readmissions. Presented by the leaders in respiratory care, the series is designed to cultivate high-performing respiratory therapists who are equipped to educate patients and implement best practices in care.

Each topic is presented as a 1-hour lecture and the DVDs offer flexibility for group or individual viewings. Each program is approved for 1 hour of CRCE® credit after successful completion of the test. Complete course materials, proctor guide, CRCE logo and certification of completion forms are provided with each topic.

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2016 Program Guide

Program 1
Infection Prevention: Translating Science into Practice
Respiratory therapists are integral to ensuring infection control in the healthcare environment. However, there are many risk factors and regulatory standards that impact the respiratory therapists’ ability to be effective. This presentation will discuss these risk factors and regulatory standards as well as isolation levels and provide the respiratory therapist with a practical plan to prevent infections. Lecturer: Cheryl Hoerr, MBA, RRT, CPFT, FAARC

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Program 2
Preventing Post-Procedural Respiratory Depression
Patients undergoing sedation for procedures may be at a higher risk level than anticipated. This presentation will discuss the effects of procedural sedation on the patient’s cardiorespiratory system as well as common procedural sedation techniques, complications of procedural sedations, and practice guidelines for monitoring. The presenter will also discuss the role of the respiratory therapist in procedural sedation and how the respiratory therapist can improve patient outcomes. Lecturers: Lori Conklin, MD

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Program 3
Controversies in Mechanical Ventilation: Low Tidal Volume Strategies
Recommendations in set tidal volume for patients requiring mechanical ventilation has changed dramatically over the years. It has been theorized that a low tidal volume strategy is the best option for all patients receiving mechanical ventilation, not just those with specific lung pathologies. This presentation will discuss the evidence for and against as well as the implementation of low tidal volume strategies for mechanically ventilated patients. Lecturer: J. Brady Scott, MSc, RRT-ACCS, FAARC
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Program 4
Palliative Care: Addressing Symptom Management in Pulmonary Patients
Palliative care is an important component of providing patient-centric care. Though respiratory therapists are vital to the complete care delivery process, they may not be comfortable with the conversation. This presentation will identify the role of palliative care in patients with chronic pulmonary illnesses across the age spectrum and provide insight into the challenges in and barriers to providing palliative care. The role of the respiratory therapist in palliative care is discussed as well. Lecturer: Helen Sorenson and Paul Selecky, MD

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Program 5
Impact of Comorbid Conditions on Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a primary disease condition that may require significant medical intervention. However, when one or more co-morbid conditions exist, the treatment options may be limited. This presentation will discuss OSA in relation to risk factors, diagnostic procedures, and treatment options with various co-morbid conditions, including Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, and stroke. Lecturers: Karen Schell DHSc, RRT-NPS, RRT-SDS, RPFT, RPSGT, AE-C, CTTS

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Program 6
E-Cigarettes: The Science Behind the Smoke and Mirrors
Pharmacotherapies and other support aids have long been proven to enhance the quit rates of most smokers. But there’s a new kid on the block alleging its success in tobacco cessation. E-cigarette manufacturers want you to believe that using their product is a safer alternative than the traditional cigarette, but is it really? This presentation will examine e-cigarettes and share the science behind the newest craze in tobacco use. Lecturers: Nathan Cobb MD

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Program 7
Monitors: Improving Safety or Increasing Risk?
Monitoring is a routine and common component of caring for critically ill patients and patients at risk for serious, unpredictable deterioration. This presentation will review the explosion of devices developed to provide monitoring for patients in and outside the ICU. Unintended consequences of this massive deployment of technology has led to problems with false alarms, caregiver distraction, environmental noise pollution, failure to respond to real alarms, and fatigue resulting in worsening patient outcomes. Using pulse oximetry as a prototype monitor and familiar device, the important issues of monitoring in general will be investigated. A paradigm that can be used to evaluate the impact of monitoring in general will be developed. Evaluation of a monitor requires understanding the care decisions and actions driven by its use, not by the presence or absence of the device itself. Confusion with making clinical diagnoses (e.g., “hypoxia”) and monitoring (e.g., identifying “falling saturations and intervening”) leads to the misunderstandings about the value and use of monitoring. Lecturer: Charles Durbin Jr., MD, FCCM
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Program 8
Disease Management and the Respiratory Therapist
This presentation will identify the key components to a comprehensive disease management program and discuss the necessary skills of an effective disease manager. The presenter will discuss disease management in the context of the current health system and discuss evidence to support the fiscal impact of chronic pulmonary disease and the positive impact of disease self-management. Lecturers: Timothy Myers, MBA, RRT-NPS, FAARC

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