Respiratory Pathophysiology, Complications and Interventions

Respiratory Pathophysiology, Complications and Interventions 

Respiratory assessment is a vital component of caring for patients. Healthcare providers need top-notch assessment skills to accurately diagnose and treat the various respiratory ailments that they will encounter. The respiratory system is complex and intriguing. Many healthcare professionals are intimidated by this system because of the potential to miss critical lung sounds. Incomplete or inaccurate assessments could potentially cost a patient their life. This course will provide you with the opportunity to broaden your knowledge base of normal and abnormal lung sounds, lung disease, complications of lung disease, and medications used to treat respiratory illness. You will also participate in interactive exercises to enhance your learning experience. When you complete this course, you will understand the pathophysiology of underlying lung disease as well as recognize the potential complications that can arise. You will be able to apply a variety of current clinical practice interventions related to respiratory illnesses.


Hours: 1.50


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Course Details

Course Code: REL-CH-0-RESPCI
Hours: 1.5
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 7/31/2020
Learning Objectives:
Recognize the differences between normal and abnormal lung sounds.
Identify potential complications of respiratory illness and lung disease.
Apply appropriate interventions for respiratory care.

Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: Respiratory System Overview A. Asa Can’t Catch His Breath B. What is the Respiratory System and Related Organs? C. Airways D. Lung and Blood Vessels E. Muscles Used for Breathing F. Healthy System Flow G. Lung Exam: Observation H. Lung Exam: Auscultation I. Lung Exam: Palpation and Percussion J. Normal Lung Sounds K. Abnormal Lung Sounds L. Multiple Choice M. Summary Section 3: Lung Disease A. Types of Lung Disease B. Obstructive Lung Disease C. Asthma D. COPD E. Bronchitis F. Bronchiolitis G. Emphysema H. Cystic Fibrosis I. Bronchiectasis J. Review K. Restrictive Lung Disease L. Inflammatory Lung Disease M. Infections N. Upper Respiratory Infections O. The Common Cold P. Influenza Q. Pertussis R. Tonsillitis S. Pharyngitis T. Laryngitis U. Laryngotracheobronchitis V. Acute Epiglottitis W. Allergies X. Sinusitis Y. Lower Respiratory Z. Pneumonia AA. Tuberculosis BB. Respiratory Tumors CC. Pulmonary Vascular Disease DD. Pulmonary Embolism EE. Pulmonary Hypertension FF. Pulmonary Edema GG. Pulmonary Hemorrhage HH. Review: Asa Can’t Catch His Breath Summary A. Section 4: Complications B. Complications C. Pneumothorax D. Atelectasis E. Pleural Effusion F. Dyspnea G. Respiratory Distress and Failure H. Chest Pain and Finger Clubbing I. Review: Asa Can’t Catch His Breath J. Metastasis of Cancer K. Pulmonary Fibrosis L. Cor Pulmonale M. Review N. Summary Section 5: Clinical Interventions A. Clinical Interventions B. Obtaining the Patient’s History C. Assessment D. Medication Administration E. Patient Education F. Additional Patient Education G. Performing Diagnostic Testing H. Deep Breathing and Coughing I. Review J. Case Management K. Disease Management L. Review: Asa Can’t Catch His Breath M. Summary Section 6: Medications A. Medications B. Antibiotics C. Antivirals D. Bronchodilators E. Short-acting and Long-acting Bronchodilators F. Beta 1 Agonists and Beta 2 Agonists G. Anticholinergics H. Corticosteroids I. Combination Therapy J. Mast Cell Stabilizers K. Leukotriene Modifiers L. Mucolytics M. Antihistamines N. Epinephrine O. Chemotherapy P. Review: Asa Can’t Catch His Breath Q. Summary Section 7: Conclusion A. Summary B. References

Instructor: Chasity Mullins, MSN, RN
Chasity Mullins, MSN, RN has been a registered nurse for 15 years. She graduated from the University of Tennessee at Martin with her BSN in 2001 and Vanderbilt University School of Nursing with her MSN in 2010. During her career, she has practiced acute care nursing for pediatric and adult patients, disease management, and outpatient care for chronic diseases, as well as educating the next generation of nurses. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Union University School of Nursing. Disclosure: Chasity Mullins, MSN, RN has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Nurses; in the following settings: Health and Human Services.
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Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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