Reviewing the Interpretation of Chest X-rays

About the Course:
As part of working in the healthcare setting, many healthcare practitioners find themselves looking at chest x-rays with very minimal knowledge to be able to properly interpret well at bedside. This course is not intended to replace the interpretation process by a radiologist or medical physician. It is, however, to be used to assist the bedside practitioner with rapid bedside identification of potentially life-threatening events. In cases such as intubation, chest tube placement, tracheostomy tube placement, insertion of central venous pressure lines (CVP) or Swan-Ganz catheters, or if there is a rapid deterioration in the patient’s respiratory status, the respiratory therapist may be the healthcare practitioner that is initiating the request for the chest x-ray, or may be able to offer some insight at that time.  
Learning Objectives
  • Identify normal anatomical structures within the chest.   
  • Apply a systematic approach to interpreting a chest x-ray. 
  • Distinguish between various abnormal chest x-rays using interpretation tools.
  • Recognize the images to accompany disease processes such as pneumomediastinum, cavitating lesions, pleural effusions, and pneumothorax.   
  • Identify other artifacts that may potentially be found on the chest x-ray.   

About the Author
Heather O’Connell, DHA, RRT, ACCS, CPFT, graduate from Edison State college, she takes pride in giving back to the community first as a respiratory therapist, then as a clinical associate at Lee Memorial Hospital. Throughout her career, she has taken the time to learn all aspects as a respiratory therapist to aid and teach fellow co-workers. As part of this time, she also takes a great deal of interest in teaching the young minds of Edison State College/Florida Southwestern. Heather possesses many sets of skills in various areas of Respiratory Therapy. This allows her to teach new students in the program ways of the exciting field of respiratory therapy.
How to receive credit
  • Read the entire course online or in print which requires a 2-hour commitment of time. 
  • After completion of the course, complete the final examination.  A passing grade of 75% is required. Test questions link content to learning outcomes as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention. 
  • Note to Nursing professionals: Depending on your state requirements, you will be asked to either affirm that you have completed the course, or you will be required to complete the Post-test included in the course.
  • Provide required personal information and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory course evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.
Resolution of Conflict of Interest
Colibri Healthcare, LLC implemented mechanisms prior to the planning and implementation of the continuing education activity, to identify and resolve conflicts of interest for all individuals in a position to control content of the course activity.
Sponsorship/Commercial Support and Non-Endorsement
It is the policy of Colibri Healthcare, LLC not to accept commercial support. Furthermore, commercial interests are prohibited from distributing or providing access to this activity to learners.
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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