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Respiratory Care Emergency Preparedness for Mass Casualty Events (2 hrs)
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This lesson describes the circumstances associated with mass casualty events, including disasters that are both natural and man-made. The lesson describes febrile respiratory illnesses, including bioterrorist threats, their etiologies, manifestations, management and preventive measures. The preventive measures include personal protective equipment and environmental controls. The lesson details chemical injuries from various types of agents, as well as the causes, manifestations, management and personal protection. Furthermore, we describe radiation and blast injuries, including their types, manifestations and management. We also discuss the types of natural disasters and describe the types of injuries expected in their aftermath and additional problems associated with transportation and supplies. The lesson explains the concept, surge capacity, as well as how the components of surge capacity adjust for mass casualty situations. We explain the importance of respiratory care to mass casualty events and describe specific strategies and equipment pertaining to delivery of that care in a mass casualty event. This description includes the Strategic National Stockpile System and Project Xtreme.

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Ethical & Legal Issues in Clinical Practice: Medical Devices (1 hr)
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This lesson describes the legal and ethical issues pertaining to medical devices, the sources of standards for care and the regulation of medical devices. Also, we describe the obligations of practitioners with respect to usage of medical devices. The lesson presents scenarios to exemplify and discuss hazardous medical device situations.

Learning objectives: Hemodynamic Monitoring (1 hr)
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In this lesson, we explain the rationale, complications and data gathered by both invasive and noninvasive methods for hemodynamic assessment. The non-invasive methods include impedance cardiography, echocardiography and partial CO2 rebreathing. Invasive techniques explained here include systemic arterial; central venous and pulmonary artery monitoring.

Learning objective: Hypobaric and Hyperbaric Conditions (1 hr)
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This lesson explains the physiologic effects of severe ambient pressure. We explain the pathophysiology of hypobaric conditions, as occurring at high altitudes and hyperbaric conditions, as occurring at subterranean depths. Furthermore, we detail the etiologies, manifestations, complications and management of these conditions. The management strategies explained by the lesson include hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

Learning objectives: Management of Neonatal Patients (1.5 hrs)
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This lesson describes techniques and devices for the respiratory management of neonates. The therapeutics include oxygen therapy, including subambient oxygen mixtures; aerosol therapy; environmental care; airway management and continuous positive airway pressure. The lesson also provides an overview of neonatal mechanical ventilation.

Learning objective Neuromuscular Conditions (2 hrs)
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This lesson is a survey of common neuromuscular conditions that affect both adult and pediatric patients. For the selected conditions, the lesson details the epidemiology, pathophysiology, manifestations, diagnosis and management. These conditions include myasthenia gravis, Guillain Barre syndrome, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, spinal muscle atrophy and critical illness polyneuropathy and myopathy.

Learning objectives: Preventing Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia (1 hr)
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This lesson describes the epidemiology, pathogenesis and risk factors for ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP), including the roles of ventilators and tracheal tubes. Furthermore, we explain the diagnosis and management of VAP. Preventive measures for VAP are explained in detail.

Learning objective: Pulmonary Rehabilitation Part 1 (1.5 hrs)
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This lesson explains the goals and benefits of pulmonary rehabilitation.

Learning objectives: Pulmonary Rehabilitation Part 2 (2hrs)
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Learning objectives:

Integrate the following interventions into pulmonary rehabilitation (PR).