This course focuses on refractory asthma, a form of asthma that is resistant to standard treatments. This course discusses the definition of refractory asthma and what differentiates refractory asthma from a typical asthma diagnosis. Potential causes for refractory asthma are supplied. Detailed information about asthma triggers and the specific strategies for avoidance that patients can learn to employ are reviewed. Included is information on common pharmacological agents used in the management of refractory asthma. The material includes the identification of guidelines and resources accessible to the learner.
This program has been approved as non-traditional Continuing Respiratory Care Education (CRCE) credit by the American Association for Respiratory Care, 9425 N. MacArthur Blvd. Suite 100 Irving TX 75063.
Section 1: Introduction
About This Course
Section 2: Refractory Asthma: Definition and Disease Process
What is Asthma?
What is Refractory Asthma?
What are the Criteria for Refractory Asthma?
Additional Important Terms
Is my Patient Compliant with Therapy?
Does my Patient Have Untreated Comorbidities?
How Should Kevin’s Asthma be Classifed?
Why Do Some People Have Refractory Asthma?
Section 3: Environmental Controls and Trigger Avoidance
Controlling and Avoiding Asthma Triggers
Trigger: Dust Mites
Trigger: Indoor Mold
Trigger: Tobacco Smoke
Trigger: Strong Scents and Smoke
Trigger: Outdoor Mold and Pollen
Trigger: Cold Air
Section 4: Pharmacologic Management
Asthma Control with Medicines
Other Medicines of Note
Section 5: Clinical Vignette
Section 6: Conclusion
Paul Teelin, MSN, RN-BC is a SME writer with Relias. Paul has a varied, multidisciplinary clinical background. As a respiratory therapist, he focused primarily on adult critical care, neonatal critical care, high-acuity transport, procedural care, outpatient care, and professional development. As a registered nurse, Paul’s clinical practice has been in the areas of medical/surgical care, orthopedics, perianesthesia care, invasive cardiology, care coordination, and nursing leadership. He has served as a course creator and instructor on various occasions over his years of practice. Paul has earned a Master of Science in Nursing in Nursing Informatics and is certified in Informatics Nursing by the ANCC. He is an active member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.Disclosure: Paul Teelin, MSN, RN-BC has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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