Aerosolized medication offers direct delivery of the drug to the target site, leading to a quick onset of action and reduced risk of systemic side effects. Respiratory therapists (RTs) must know how to match each patient with the most effective delivery method to meet their therapy goals and optimize clinical outcomes. In this module, RTs will learn the benefits and potential disadvantages of the different aerosol delivery devices and how to choose the most appropriate device based on patient characteristics. Tips for effective patient instruction and how to promote adherence are discussed.
This activity is approved for credit by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) until .
Approved by the ASRT for continuing education credit
This activity may be available in multiple formats or from different sponsors. ASRT regulations state that an individual may not repeat a self-learning activity for credit if it was reported in the same or any subsequent biennium.
Florida Board of Respiratory Care (CEBroker Provider #50-290)
Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners - Respiratory Therapy (CEBroker Provider #50-290)
Mississippi State Department of Health Bureau of Professional Licensure Respiratory Care Practitioners (CEBroker Provider #50-290)
Mississippi State Department of Health Bureau of Professional Licensure Dietitians
Mississippi State Department of Health Bureau of Professional Licensure Medical Radiation Technologists (CEBroker Provider #50-290)
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: Systems
Medication Delivery Systems
Small Volume Nebulizers
Large Volume Nebulizers
Section 3: Inhalers
Metered Dose Inhalers
Soft Mist Inhalers
Dry Powder Inhalers
Section 4: Patient Assessment
Section 5: Conclusion
Staff Writer: Wendy Phillips, PT, BSPT
Dara has been a respiratory therapist for nearly two decades working neonatal to geriatrics and trauma. Her career has been vast at the college, university, hospital, and business levels. Dara has been a program director of respiratory care, a director of clinical education for respiratory care, has taught in the classroom, hospital, and business settings. Dara's master's degree is in health care administration, and she has used this degree in her role of respiratory care manager in a rural state hospital in Hawaii. Dara is licensed to practice respiratory care in three states including Hawaii, California, and Colorado. Dara also teaches and writes classes for the school of business, health care administration division for Columbia Southern University.Disclosure: Dara Legacy, MS, RRT, CRT, RCP has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Wendy holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Florida State University in Biology, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy from Florida A&M University. She has more than 25 years of experience working as a Physical Therapist in multiple care settings, including acute care, inpatient rehab, independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing, and outpatient orthopedics. Wendy has a strong manual therapy background and has completed additional training in McConnell taping, geriatric care, McKenzie MDT, Maitland Mobilizations for the joints and spine. She is most passionate about using her manual skills to improve mobility and reduce pain in individuals of all ages. As a Lead Physical Therapy writer for Relias, Wendy enjoys being able to combine her clinical knowledge with her interest in research and staying up-to-date with changes and advances in the field of rehabilitation. Disclosure: Wendy Phillips, PT, BSPT discloses the following potential conflict of interests/commercial interests: Relevant Financial Relationship with Relias LLC as a Salaried Employee Relevant Non-Financial Relationship with No Entities Exists as a ContributorExpert Reviewer: Adam Root, PharmD
Adam Root graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2013. Adam has worked in the managed care, medication policy, drug information, and community pharmacy settings and has a background in policy and guideline development, clinical program design, and medication use evaluation. He is currently employed as a Clinical Pharmacist in the Formulary Management Department at PerformRx. Adam's primary area of interest is utilizing evidence-based medicine to improve the efficacy, safety, and cost of healthcare. Disclosure: Adam Root, PharmD discloses the following potential conflict of interests/commercial interests: Relevant Financial Relationship with Relias LLC as Collecting Speaker's Fees Relevant Non-Financial Relationship with No Entities Exists as a Contributor
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