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Pulmonary System - Critical Care

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This course series is accessible until 1/1/2021

A&P and Arterial Blood Gases, Assessment and Airway Management, Disease States, and Ventilation and Chest Tubes present an overview of pulmonary anatomy and physiology, a discussion of the elements involved in pulmonary assessment, and a description of several pulmonary disorders and interventions. How does the body regulate gas exchange and maintain acid/base balance? What is the etiology for patients with acute respiratory failure, ARDs, COPD and asthma? Also covered are the modes of ventilation, ventilator-associated pneumonia, suction and secretion management, plus the effect of ventilation on body systems.

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A&P and Arterial Blood Gases (2 CEU)
1. Describe the anatomy and physiology of the respiratory system.
2. Discuss the mechanisms that control respiration.
3. Discuss the steps in diffusion and gas exchange.
4. Discuss the relationships described by the oxyhemoglobin dissociation curve.
5. Describe factors that affect the work of breathing.
6. Discuss the clinical implications of normal and abnormal ABG values.
7. Discuss compensation mechanisms for pH imbalances.
8. Describe ABG test processes and interpretation.

Assessment and Airway Management (1 CEU)
1. Explain the process of assessing the pulmonary system, elaborating on the components of inspection, palpation, percussion, and auscultation.
2. Discuss the importance of medical history as the bedside inspection is initiated.
3. Describe the process of chest auscultation and the implications of misplaced breath sounds.
4. List four changes that occur in the respiratory system as a result of aging.
5. Describe the requirements for normal oxygenation, and list the signs and symptoms of oxygen deprivation.
6. Describe four oxygen delivery devices and the criteria/parameters for each.
7. Explain two assistive/correction actions for airway obstruction.

Disease States (1 CEU)
1. Calculate the V/Q ratio and the PaO2/FiO2 ratio.
2. Identify the pathology, etiology, and clinical presentation for a patient with acute respiratory failure.
3. Describe the physical findings and list the factors included in the clinical assessment of the patient with acute respiratory distress syndrome.
4. List treatment, therapy and medications used in the treatment of a patient with acute respiratory distress syndrome.
5. Describe the physical findings and list the factors included in the clinical assessment of the patient with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma.
6. Identify the various medications and therapies used in the treatment of a patient with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma.
7. Identify the signs and symptoms of pneumonia, pulmonary emboli, and lung cancer, and treatment options for each.

Ventilation and Chest Tubes (1 CEU)
1. Explain various modes of ventilation.
2. List three interventions that assist in the prevention of ventilator-associated pneumonia.
3. Differentiate between high pressure and low pressure alarms as well as circumstances when they occur.
4. Describe how positive pressure ventilation can affect several body system functions.
5. Describe appropriate suctioning technique and supplies necessary for the process.
6. Describe indications for chest tube placement and chest drainage systems utilized.
7. Explain appropriate maintenance techniques and troubleshooting activities for chest tubes.
8. List two indications for chest tube clamping and the guidelines utilized.

CC18 Pulmonary: A&P and Arterial Blood Gases

Hours: 1.00
This pulmonary course for critical care nurses presents a brief overview of the structures and functions of the pulmonary system as well as its role in the regulation of gas exchange and the maintenance of acid/base balance. Techniques for obtaining and analyzing arterial blood gases are described, and differentiation of imbalance pathologies are discussed. Course content encompasses clinical presentation and management of patients with various acid/base imbalances.

CC19 Pulmonary: Respiratory Assessment and Airway Management

Hours: 1.00
This pulmonary course for nurses presents the methods for assessing the respiratory system, including inspection, palpation, percussion, and auscultation. The modalities used to assist and support ventilation are outlined and defined. The methods for maintaining an open airway are described. Course content discusses indications and criteria for long-term airway support.

CC20 Pulmonary: Ventilation Modes and Chest Tubes

Hours: 1.00
This course on ventilators and chest tubes includes a discussion of modes of ventilation, ventilator-associated pneumonia, suction/secretion management, and the ventilator's effect on specific body systems. Chest tubes and the varieties of chest drainage systems utilized to correct pulmonary anomalies.

CC21 Pulmonary: Respiratory Disease States

Hours: 1.50
This last course in the pulmonary series for nurses presents various disease states of the pulmonary system. Included in this course is the etiology and clinical presentation for patients presenting with acute respiratory failure, ARDs, COPD and asthma, and other pulmonary diseases, such as lung cancer and pulmonary emboli. Also presented are medications, therapies, and treatments utilized in the care of these patients.