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Aspiration Pneumonia: Who Gets Sick and How Can We Help?
Presented by Angela Mansolillo, MA, CCC-SLP, BCS-S
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Course: #1237Level: Intermediate1 Hour
Every aspiration event does not inevitably lead to aspiration pneumonia and treatment teams can have an impact on risk reduction. This course enables clinicians in identifying the clients on their caseload who are at higher risk for respiratory illness and in implementing interventions for oral hygiene, head of bed elevation, nutrition, and hydration.

Wheelchair Positioning to Optimize Respiration
Presented by Michelle Lange, OTR/L, ABDA, ATP/SMS
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Course: #1258Level: Intermediate1 Hour
Wheelchair positioning is designed to provide postural support and alignment, pressure distribution, and stability for functional activities. Positioning can also be used to optimize respiration by facilitating an upright trunk and head and supporting the diaphragm. This course presents common positioning scenarios where respiration may be compromised and interventions to address these concerns.

Management of Post Extubation Dysphagia: It Takes a Team
Presented by Angela Mansolillo, MA, CCC-SLP, BCS-S
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Course: #1238Level: Intermediate1 Hour
Intubation provides access to mechanical ventilation for patients with respiratory failure but what happens when the patient is extubated? This course will provide information about the causes and consequences of post-extubation dysphagia and will discuss options for assessment and management of these critically ill patients.

Anaphylaxis Management: More than Just an Epi-Pen!
Presented by Nancy Nathenson, BS, RRT
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Course: #11891 Hour
This course provides an overview of current anaphylaxis management. Discussion of topics include causes, steps in diagnosis, assessment, allergy testing, and treatment options. Additionally, reviews emergency medication management, patient/caregiver education, and ongoing management.

Revisiting Adverse Childhood Experiences: Is This the Key to Managing COPD
Presented by Tammy Kurszewski, D.H.Sc., RRT-ACCS
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Course: #1197Level: Introductory1 Hour
A landmark study conducted by Kaiser-Permanente established a solid relationship between adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and the development of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). This interactive lecture will provide an overview of the findings from this study as well as current literature associated with the topic. An advanced discussion will challenge those providers in post-acute settings to evaluate opportunities to break the cycle of disease and improve quality-of-life for our at-risk population through education and empowerment.

Mechanical Ventilation during COVID-19: A Review of the First Year of the Pandemic
Presented by Rich Kallet, MS, RRT, FAARC, FCCM
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Course: #1231Level: Advanced1 Hour
This course focuses on issues related to both invasive and non-invasive mechanical ventilation during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic. The course includes the controversies over ARDS phenotypes, impact on ventilation strategy, patient self-inflicted lung injury, as well as ventilation practices and outcomes.

Caring for the High Anxiety Pulmonary Patient and Family
Presented by Nancy Nathenson, BS, RRT
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Course: #1233Level: Introductory1.5 Hour
This course provides an in-depth look at anxiety and its management in the care of the pulmonary patient. The course provides an overview of the components of anxiety including the impact on the patient and their recovery. Specific interventions address the reduction of anxiety for the patient and family improving patient outcomes.

When Bed Rest Causes Harm: Early Mobilization for the Mechanically Ventilated Patient
Presented by Nancy Nathenson, BS, RRT
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Course: #1243Level: Intermediate1 Hour
This course describes how early mobilization counteracts the negative impacts of prolonged bed rest on ventilator patients. Components of successful early mobilization programs are described, including potential barriers to implementation, specific benefits to the patient and hospital outcomes.

Psychosocial Care in a Pediatric Intensive Care Setting
Presented by Joslyn Kenowitz, PhD
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Course: #1013Level: Introductory1 Hour
This course provides an introductory overview of psychosocial care in the intensive care setting. Topics include child and family functioning, the role of multidisciplinary team and tools to support children and families in this setting

Ethics in Healthcare
Presented by Lori Taylor, PhD, RRT
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Course: #1092Level: Introductory1 Hour
This course will review and discuss the ethical and legal responsibility of the healthcare provider. The course will discuss ethical principles and the code of conduct for Respiratory Therapists.