HIV/AIDS review for Florida Respiratory Therapists

About the Course
After completing this course, the learner will be able to describe the prevention, transmission, and treatment of HIV/AIDS and the roles of respiratory therapists in accordance with Florida Statute 381.004: HIV Testing. This course provides healthcare professionals with an understanding of the transmission and prevention of HIV, the care of persons with HIV, and the issues of living with HIV.

Learning Outcomes
  • Describe current trends in HIV/AIDS in the U.S.
  • Describe the basic pathophysiology of HIV
  • Identify the stages of HIV infection and their associated signs and symptoms
  • Identify routes of transmission, risk factors, and prevention strategies for HIV
  • Identify assessment guidelines and treatment regimens for HIV/AIDS
  • Recognize the common psychosocial responses and coping activities for a person living with HIV infection
  • Describe the ethical and legal considerations for HIV/AIDS
About the Author
Leanna Marchand, RN, BSN, JD 1st Edition Author
Dr. Heather O’Connell DHA, MS, RRT, ACCS, CPFT has been a respiratory therapist for 15 years. She has worked in many different areas of our field such as critical care and throughout the various other areas in our field. Dr. O’Connell has earned her credentials for RRT, ACCS, and CPFT throughout the years. She was able to earn her associates in science from Edison State College, her bachelor’s in cardiopulmonary sciences from the University of Central Florida, and her masters from Southern New Hampshire in healthcare administration along with completing her doctorate in healthcare administration from Walden University in 2022. She worked as a clinical preceptor from 2010 until 2015, when she became a full-time director of clinical education for respiratory care at her local college. She has taught various classes such as assessment, mechanical ventilation, and therapeutics. Dr. O’Connell has also participated in course revisions and new course creation for Western Schools and Colibri, and she has authored a chapter in Lintz Comprehensive Respiratory Disease. Dr. O’Connell began working for Elite as the respiratory care planner in 2020.

How to Receive Credit
  • Read the entire course online or in print which requires a 3-hour commitment of time. 
  • Complete a mandatory test (a passing score of 75% is required). Test questions link content to learning objectives as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention.
  • Provide required personal and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory course evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.

Resolution of Conflict of Interest
Planners, faculty, and others in control of content (either individually or as a group) have no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies.

Sponsorship/Commercial Support and Non-Endorsement
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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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Accreditations and Approvals
Colibri Healthcare, LLC is accredited as a provider of [Respiratory Care] continuing professional development by the [AARC accrediting body].