**Please note that this program requires the participant to view the entire intro video prior to reading the course content, taking the final quiz, and obtaining a course certificate.**

Respiratory therapists are the only health care providers who receive extensive formal education and who are tested for competency in aerosol therapy. The RT's ability to serve patients with acute chronic respiratory disease as the expert in aerosol therapy allows the concept of "art" and "science" to take on a practical reality.

Mastery of both the art and science of aerosol delivery can have a profound impact on appropriately matching medications and delivery devices to optimize your patients' clinical outcomes. The fourth edition of this Aerosol Guide delivers detailed and comprehensive information that, when combined with your dedication and commitment to be the professional experts in this important area, will empower you to provide guidance to your physician, nurse, and pharmacist colleagues—but, most importantly, to your patients.

Approved for 6.0 CRCE Hours

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Seminar Information
Seminar Date:
January 01, 2018
Expiration Date:
December 31, 2018 11:55 PM
Seminar Objectives
  • Identify terminology used in aerosol medicine
  • State approximate amount of aerosol deposited in the lower respiratory tract for nebulizers, pressurized metered-dose inhalers (pMDIs), and dry-powder inhalers (DPIs)
  • List advantages and disadvantages of inhalation compared to other routes of drug administration
  • Identify hazards of aerosol therapy that can impact the patient receiving therapy as well as care providers and bystanders
  • List advantages and disadvantages of nebulizers for aerosol delivery
  • Identify special considerations for neonatal and pediatric drug delivery
  • List common problems and errors with each type of inhaler
  • Compare the principle of operation of a jet nebulizer, mesh nebulizer, and ultrasonic nebulizer
  • Describe types of pneumatic jet nebulizer designs and methods that are used to decrease aerosol loss from a jet nebulizer during exhalation
  • Learn steps for correct use of jet, ultrasonic, and mesh nebulizers
  • Describe the basic components of a metered-dose inhaler
  • List advantages and disadvantages of metered-dose inhalers
  • Compare and contrast performance of pMDIs with HFA and CFC propellants
  • Discuss factors affecting the pMDI performance and drug delivery
  • Explain the importance of priming and tracking the number of doses for a metered-dose inhaler
  • Compare and contrast the design of holding chambers and spacers
  • Identify factors that affect dose delivery from a holding chamber/spacer
  • List advantages and disadvantages of dry-powder inhalers
  • Describe the principle of operation of various commercially available dry-powder inhalers
  • Identify factors affecting the DPI performance and drug delivery
  • Explain how you know that each DPI is empty
  • List the correct steps for use of a nebulizer, metered-dose inhaler, metered-dose inhaler with holding chamber/spacer, and dry-powder inhaler
  • Describe causes and solutions of problems seen with nebulizers, pMDIs, and DPIs
  • Discuss criteria to assist clinicians in selecting an aerosol delivery device
  • Explain how to establish an infection control management system in aerosol drug delivery.
  • Describe how to instruct and evaluate patients in the use of inhaler devices
  • Describe the proper technique of cleaning aerosol delivery devices
  • Discuss the importance of occupational health and safety for respiratory therapists
2018 A Guide to Aerosol Delivery Devices - 4th Ed.
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