The focus of this on-line course is a thorough review of ventilatory support techniques. Emphasis is placed on adult applications; however some neonatal and pediatric support techniques may be covered. Topics include etiology of respiratory failure, physical implications of positive pressure ventilation, methods of providing support, prescribing machine settings and managing the patient-ventilator system, hemodynamic and gas exchange monitoring, weaning techniques and non-invasive applications.
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
GRADED ITEMS AND GRADE DETERMINATION
Each week a hot topic assignment will be posted asking the student to research a specific subject currently on the forefront of respiratory care. Each student is required to locate one peer-reviewed journal article published within the past five years pertaining to the question posed and post either that article or a link to that article on the discussion board. The student should provide a brief summary, approximately 300 words, of the posted article. The student is encouraged to include personal opinions and insight as appropriate to the subject matter. This summary should be well written and should utilize proper grammar. The summary should be posted on the discussion board along with the referenced article.
Each student is expected to review and comment on a minimum of two hot topic assignments. The student is expected to have reviewed the posted article and the summary. Feedback should be well thought out and constructive in nature. Feedback should be posted under the Dialogue and Discussion Link associated with the Weekly Hot Topic.
SUGGESTIONS FOR FEEDBACK:
Each student will be asked to review and provide feedback to three articles posted as part of their hot topic assignment in the format of a dialectical journal. A dialectical journal is a double-entry note taking system that helps one to read critically and encourages the habit of reflective questioning. Students may choose any three articles, not necessarily their own. The student should have a minimum of 15 entries with comments for each. Dialectical journals are due Week 5 (2/18), Week 11 (4/1) and Week 16 (5/6). These journals should be submitted under the Assignment Icon.
The intent of this project is to share ideas and advance student knowledge of modalities utilized for the management of the critically ill respiratory patient. You will be required to submit a power point presentation on a specific adult critical care therapeutic technique that you are interested in. Power points should be around 20-25 slides. Examples of advance practice techniques include advanced ventilator modes, Nitric Oxide, jet ventilation, optimal PEEP, or other innovative strategies incorporated in the critical care setting. This may be a strategy recently adopted by your facility or a modality you consider cutting edge in the world of respiratory care. The project should include indications, contraindications, hazards, and desired outcomes. You must cite your references at the end of your project. The project must have at least 5 references. References must be current (within the last 5 years). Use scholarly sources; cite according to APA style. Please refer to the following description and specifics:
Project Format Description and Specifications:
Each student will submit their project in a PowerPoint presentation.
Sections that must be addressed:
Title slide: Title of your project, your name, course name and number, instructor’s name, and date.
This section introduces background information about the modality being presented.
This section allows for in-depth description of chosen modality.
List indications associated with utilization of modality.
List contraindications associated with utilization of modality.
This section provides detailed information in reference to outcomes associated with utilization of proposed intervention.
References should be in alphabetical order and conform to the APA format.
Each presentation will be graded on the following:
Power point topics are due Week 4 (2/11) and should be posted under the Power Point Topic Link. Completed projects are due Week 16 (5/6).
Hot Topic Assignments 20%
Dialectical Journals (3) 18%
PowerPoint Project 50%
MISSED EXAM OR OTHER GRADED ITEM POLICY
Anything not completed and handed in on time will be subjected to a 10% per day penalty (weekends and holidays excluded).
Regular class attendance is expected, and is used for grading purposes. Attendance may be evaluated on the basis of the student’s frequency of log-in’s or participation in course postings. There is a direct correlation between grades and class participation. Students who check the site regularly and participate typically do better in the course. Although the syllabus includes an approximate calendar, changes can occur during the year. If changes are made it is the student’s responsibility to check the site for any changes posted by the instructor. It is also the student’s responsibility to keep up with material as it is posted on the site.