New CE Webinars on Respiratory Care


The use of noninvasive ventilation has markedly increased over the past two decades, and noninvasive ventilation has now become an integral tool in the management of both acute and chronic respiratory failure, in both the home setting and in the critical care unit.


Consistent and Reliable Pulse Oximetry:  It really is more than
just applying a probe

This clinical discussion of pulse oximetry will cover the background, basics and nuances of pulse oximetry monitoring in critical and acute care hospital settings with the goal of helping caregivers build a mental model of the technology and physiology used in pulse oximetry. The webinar will also focus on common clinical conditions that lead to diminished blood flow to the digits and slower detection of saturation changes, including patient shock, peripheral vascular disease, advanced age, etc. Tips on how to troubleshoot and/or optimize pulse oximeter performance will be shared and pulse oximetry probe site options beyond the finger will be discussed


Optimal Use of Non-Invasive Ventilation in Acute Care Setting.
Current Evidence and Best Practices

Noninvasive ventilation, specifically non-invasive positive-pressure ventilation or continuous positive airway pressure delivered by mask, has now become standard care for the management of a number of specific causes of acute respiratory failure. This webinar will focus on a total system approach to achieving optimal use of NIV including device and interface selection, humidification, interface rotation, ventilation, complementary use of HFNT and NIV. This presentation will review the current evidence and best clinical practices available to optimize the use noninvasive ventilation in acute care setting.


Are HFOT and NIV Complementary for Acute Respiratory Failure?

With the widespread utilization of noninvasive ventilation (NIV) for the treatment of respiratory failure, as well as the increasing utilization of humidified high flow oxygen therapy (HFOT) for the treatment of various forms of respiratory compromise, clinicians now have a broader range of noninvasive tools aimed at managing acute respiratory failure. However, the precise indication of each one of these therapies is still a question of debate. This webinar is intended to provide a more detailed comparative understanding of the clinical application of NIV, HFOT and Conventional Oxygen Therapy (COT), to show differences and similarities in modes of action, and to analyze the scientific evidence on the clinical benefits when these technologies are compared.


Alternatives to Intubation in the Older Patient in the Emergency Department

Intubation in the emergency department is common and can prevent a patient from dying from a reversible condition. However, it is questionable whether the benefits of intubation outweigh the risks in older patients and whether other modes of ventilatory support would be preferable. . A new study by researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital investigated the outcomes for patients aged 65 and older after emergency department intubation across a variety of conditions and disease. According to the lead author, one in 3 older patients who underwent intubation in the emergency department died in the hospital.  The webinar will address explain the significance of emergency department visit in the overall illness trajectory of seriously ill patients, discuss non-invasive ventilation as an alternative to intubation, and best practices for communications regarding ventilatory support in the elderly patient.


Best Practices for Transitioning Patients from ICU to Step-down Unit:
A Recent Study

Patients requiring specialized respiratory care often have extended stays in the intensive/critical care settings. Financial constraints, patient flow, unit management, and limited resources make finding safe, alternative sites important. A recently completed 13-year study in a Madrid teaching hospital demonstrated that through their protocol including transitioning from the use of mechanical ventilation to non-invasive ventilation, patient outcomes were comparable to patients in the ICU, but at significant cost savings. The speaker, one of the principal investigators, will discuss the study, protocols, and results. She will share insights on how to incorporate their best practices into your hospital.


High Flow Nasal Cannula and Non-Invasive Ventilation: Current Evidence and Practice

Non-invasive ventilation (NIV) is a widely used and studied therapy option for the management of acute respiratory failure. High flow nasal cannula is rapidly growing in popularity and in supportive evidence. This presentation will review the current evidence in support of NIV, and discuss the current research evaluating HFNC and its role in the management of respiratory


Mechanical insufflation-exsufflation for airway mucus clearance:
When, how and where.

Coughing is an important component of airway clearance, particularly in individuals with pulmonary disease, respiratory muscle weakness, or central nervous system disease that impairs breathing. The use of an in-exsufflation device to promote airway clearance in individuals with neuromuscular disease is essential to avoid retained secretions that cause infection, inflammation, and respiratory failure. This webinar will focus on the basic theory and clinical goals in the application of an in-exsufflation device, patient selection, indications/contraindications, prescription settings and applications in adults versus pediatric populations.


New Strategies in Treating Respiratory Failure: NIV and HFNO as complementary therapy

Noninvasive ventilation (NIV) or the delivery of positive pressure ventilation delivered through a noninvasive interface has become more common as its benefits are increasingly recognized. NIV has proven efficacy for hypercapnic respiratory failure, especially that due to COPD exacerbations. High-flow nasal cannula (HFNO) comprises an air/oxygen blender, an active humidifier, a single heated circuit, and a nasal cannula. HFNO has shown promise to treat hypoxic respiratory failure. This webinar will explore a new strategy in the treatment of respiratory conditions. Specifically, this presentation will discuss how HFNO may play a useful complementary role during breaks from NIV.