Individuals with more severe cases of COVID-19 have a high risk of developing acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). As a result, there is a significant increase in the number of patients with ARDS in the post-acute care setting. Respiratory therapists (RTs) play a key role in understanding the typical presentation of a patient in post-acute care and managing these patients’ recovery. This course provides guidelines for the RT regarding mechanical ventilation and current evidence regarding evaluation and treatment approaches for adult patients with ARDS associated with COVID-19.
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: Overview of COVID-19
Overview of COVID-19
Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome
Role of the Respiratory Therapist
Section 3: Treatment Considerations
Treatment in Post-Acute Care
Patients with Tracheostomy
The Need for More Ventilators
Section 4: Safety and Infection Control
General Safety Considerations
Considerations for Patient Care
Section 5: Case Study
Meet Mr. Jones
Section 6: Conclusion
Kevin T. Cahill, MS/RRT-NPS, earned his Master of Science degree in vocational and technical education from State University of New York (SUNY) Oswego and his bachelor’s degree in cardiopulmonary science from SUNY Health Science Center in Syracuse, New York. He has worked as an assistant professor and clinical coordinator of respiratory care at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse. He is presently employed by the Syracuse VA Medical Center. Disclosure: Kevin T. Cahill, MS/RRT-NPS has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.Staff Writer: Susan Almon-Matangos, MS/CCC-SLP
Susan Almon-Matangos, MS/CCC-SLP, is a certified and licensed speech-language pathologist with over 30 years of experience. She obtained her bachelor's degree in psychology from Jacksonville State University and her Master of Science degree in speech-language pathology from The University of Alabama. She worked with clients of all ages and a variety of diagnostic conditions in school, hospital, skilled nursing facility, outpatient clinic, and home health settings. In her previous role as a national clinical director for a large contract therapy company, she created training programs for physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech-language pathology related to the clinical rehabilitation needs of older adults in post-acute care. She currently draws upon her expertise in her role at Relias as Lead Subject Matter Expert Writer for Speech-Language Pathology. She is a certified member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Disclosure: Susan Almon-Matangos, MS/CCC-SLP 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 contributor
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