Managing Difficult Patients of Healthcare Professionals

About the Course
This basic-level course provides respiratory therapists with a review of the concepts and principles of anatomy and physiology that apply to clinical practice. This course reviews the structure (anatomy) and function (physiology) of the respiratory system. Anatomy will be covered beginning with a description of the upper airway and the lower airway, followed by a discussion of lung structures. A description of the airways, alveoli, and the alveolar-capillary membrane is then provided along with a discussion regarding systemic and pulmonary circulation. Physiology related to the pulmonary system and neural control of the lungs is then described. The process of bulk air movement, lung volumes, and lung capacities are discussed. Dead space, expansion, and diffusion are also presented. The course concludes with a description of O2 transport, CO2 transport, and acid-base balance.

Learning Objectives 
•    Describe the anatomy of the upper and lower airways; 
•    Define the various cell types that make up the lower airway and alveoli; 
•    Outline the neural control of the respiratory system;
•    List the components of the alveolar-capillary membrane;
•    Describe pulmonary circulation;
•    Describe how air movement is accomplished;
•    Identify and calculate normal lung volumes, capacities, flows, and dead space volumes;
•    Describe the factors affecting the diffusion of gas between alveoli and blood; and
•    Describe how oxygen and carbon dioxide are transported in the body.

About the Author
Jessica Schweller obtained both her BS in respiratory therapy and her MS in nursing from Ohio State University. She currently works for Ohio State University Lung and Sleep Disorders Center as a sleep nurse practitioner with expertise in obstructive sleep apnea and general pulmonary disease. She is also a clinical faculty member for the master’s in Respiratory Therapy program at Ohio State University.

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.

Resolution of Conflict of Interest
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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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