Asthma, As a Disease State, 3rd Edition


About the Course
This intermediate-level course is applicable to respiratory therapists and other healthcare professionals who care for individuals with asthma. Up-to-date information regarding the definition of asthma, its pathology, and interventions are presented.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:

  • Define asthma and discuss its incidence and prevalence rates.
  • Describe the pathological changes characteristic of asthma.
  • Identify common clinical presentation of asthmatic exacerbation.
  • Explain the mechanisms of common pharmacological agents used in the treatment of asthma.
  • Discuss the criteria for hospital admission and indications and guidelines for mechanical ventilation in the asthmatic exacerbations.

About the Authors
Traci Marin, PhD, MPH, RRT, RPGST, is an assistant research professor and program director for the Department of Cardiopulmonary Sciences, Schools of Allied Health and Medicine at Loma Linda University. She is also an adjunct researcher and advisor at the Department of Medicine at John Shyy Lab at the University of California, San Diego as well as the founder of Tranquility Community Health. Dr. Martin received her doctoral degree from the University of California, Riverside in biochemistry and molecular biology and her Bachelor of Science degree from Loma Linda University in emergency medical care.

Kenneth Miller MEd, MSRT RRT-NPS, ACCS, AC-E FAARC, has worked in respiratory care for over 45 years and has been responsible for the clinical management of patients receiving non-invasive and invasive ventilation. He has worked as a staff ICU respiratory therapist, clinical coordinator, and has over 25 years of experience as the clinical educator and research coordinator of respiratory care services. Mr. Miller lectures at local, regional, and national conferences and authored peer-reviewed journal and textbook articles. He has also been awarded fellowship status in the American Association of Respiratory Care (AARC),

How to Receive Credit
• Read the entire course online or in print.
• Answer the final examination questions at the end of the course. A passing grade of 75% is required. Test questions link content to learning objectives as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention.
• Provide required personal information and payment information. • Complete the mandatory course evaluation.
• Print your Certificate of Completion.

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The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.

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