Basic Respiratory Care Pharmacology, 3rd Edition

About the Course:
Healthcare professionals have an important responsibility in caring for patients receiving respiratory medications. These medications cannot be administered intelligently or safely without a firm knowledge base and understanding of their indications, mechanisms of action, physiological effects, and adverse reactions. Evaluating the patient’s response to medications, recommending changes based on that evaluation, and educating the patient are also essential.
This advanced-level course is designed for respiratory therapists, nurses, and other healthcare professionals who care for individuals receiving medication for respiratory conditions. The purpose of this course is to discuss the essential concepts of pharmacology as related to respiratory care, including anatomy and physiology of body systems. After many years in practice, healthcare professionals tend to know when and why medications need to be used, but they forget how these medications achieve their therapeutic effects. In addition, keeping abreast of newly released medications can be a daunting task.
The purpose of this course is twofold: 1) to refresh the knowledge required for the safe and effective administration of therapeutic drugs, including the indications and contraindications associated with drug therapy, and 2) to learn about newly released medications.
The information in this course was current at the time of publication. Since respiratory pharmacology is rapidly changing and new pharmaceutical agents are constantly being developed and approved, the healthcare professional should stay abreast of new medications and ongoing research findings and their implications in the delivery of patient care.

Learning Objectives:
After completing this course, the learner should be able to:
  • Discuss general pharmacological principles.
  • Describe currently used adrenergic and anticholinergic bronchodilators and their modes 
  • of action.
  • Describe currently used anti-inflammatory agents and their modes of action.
  • Describe currently used mucolytic, anti-infective, and surfactant agents and their modes 
  • of action.
  • Identify currently used vasoconstrictive and vasodilatory agents and their modes of action.
About the Author: 
Robert Seifrit, MS, MPH, RRT-NPS, ACCS, CPFT, AE-C
is an adjunct faculty professor for the Cardiopulmonary Sciences Baccalaureate Degree program at Florida Southwestern State College. He is a graduate of Reading Area Community College with an associate in applied science degree with an emphasis in respiratory care. Robert also received his certification of specialization in respiratory therapy from Reading Area Community College in 2001. He attended Excelsior College in Albany, New York, and achieved his Bachelor of Science degree in health science with an emphasis in public health from George Washington School of Public Health. He is certified as an adult critical care specialist, a neonatal-pediatric specialist, a certified pulmonary function technologist, and a certified asthma educator. 
Robert grew up in Reading, PA and worked most of his professional career in Philadelphia, PA. He worked as a respiratory therapist and managed patients from newborn to geriatrics, working both in an acute care hospital full time and home care part time. Robert has held many positions within the respiratory care profession as a respiratory supervisor, manager, director, clinical education specialist, research coordinator, and a clinical associate at Reading Area Community College. After relocating to Florida, Robert currently works full time as an education specialist in the Chronic Lung Disease Management Department within the large local healthcare system. Robert joined Florida Southwestern State College in 2017 as an adjunct faculty professor. His specialties include neonatal and pediatric assessment and adult critical care assessment. 
How to receive credit
  • Read the entire course online or in print which requires a 2-hour commitment of time.
  • Depending on your state requirements you will be asked to complete:
  • A mandatory test (a passing score of 75 percent 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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Disclaimer: 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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