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COVID-19 Lessons Learned Series: Respiratory Therapy Best Practices for Treatment and Patient Care Strategies

COVID-19 Lessons Learned Series

Summary

As healthcare systems continue to struggle to deal with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and plan for an uncertain future, sweeping changes have occurred across the healthcare continuum. From ethical staffing considerations to specific patient care protocols, hospitals have adjusted multiple processes to deal with the immediate challenges posed by an influx of patients, while preparing for the “new normal” that lies ahead.

This webinar will focus on the experiences and lessons learned from the perspective of an academic medical respiratory therapy manager. At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will gain a better understanding of respiratory therapy patient care strategies, ventilator and treatment protocols, staff and patient safety recommendations, blood gas testing processes, and what key steps facilities should take to prepare for a potential second wave of increased patient volume as we head into a respiratory season of unknown severity.

  1. Identify key recommendations to ensure staff and patient safety while dealing with a potential overflow of ICU and ventilator-dependent patients
  2. Examine key changes to respiratory patient flows and staffing strategies, as well as ethical considerations to prepare for additional COVID-19 patient volume
  3. Discuss respiratory therapy treatment protocols, vent management, and patient care best practices
  4. Examine resource utilization strategies and best practices
  5. Discuss what the “new normal” will look like in respiratory therapy treatment protocols and ICU departments

This event is produced by Whitehat Communications and sponsored by Abbott Point of Care.

  • One P.A.C.E.® contact hour will be provided for this basic level session until April 28, 2021. Abbott is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E.® Program.
  • This session is approved for one Florida CE credit. Florida Board of Clinical Laboratory Personnel approved number: 50-12563
  • This program has been approved for 1 CRCE Contact Hour by the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC).
  • This program has been approved by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), for 1.00 CERPs, Synergy CERP Category A, File Number 23279. Approval refers to recognition of continuing education only and does not imply AACN approval or endorsement of the content of this educational activity, or the products mentioned.

After viewing the recording, watch for the evaluation to appear in your browser. A link to your certificate will be emailed within two weeks of receipt of your completed evaluation.

About Presenter

Vickie Carver-Parker is the Manager of Respiratory Therapy, Pulmonary Diagnostic Services, and EKG at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville. She serves on many committees at UT Medical Center including Infection Control, EMR Clinical Integration, Pathways Management, Risk, Safety, and Compliance, Critical Care, and LEAN. She is active in Level III Trauma center, Lifestar Transport Education, Clinical Trials implementation, and team publications in association with Pulmonary Physicians through Special Procedures department. Parker received her MBA in Healthcare Management from King University and Bachelor of Science in Cardiopulmonary Science from East Tennessee University.

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