Tracheostomy…Hospital to Home

Kimberly S. Wiles, RRT, CPFT, FAARC

This lecture will provide an overview of tracheostomy care from hospital to home and identify opportunities to enhance care.  Early and late complications such as apnea, accidental decannulation, obstruction among others will be discussed. The basics of tracheostomy care will be covered including clearing the airway or suctioning, cuff management, humidification, securing the tube, cleansing the tube and patient care.

Sounds of Silence: Reducing Nuisance Alarms in IV Pumps

Katherine Major, RN, MSN

The Joint Commission’s National Patient Safety Goal (NPSG) focuses on managing clinical alarm systems that have the most direct relationship to patient safety. By 2016, hospitals will be required to improve practice standards to reduce false and nuisance alarms to meet the NPSG goal to “improve the safety of clinical alarms.” Infusion pumps accounts for significant number of these false or nuisance alarms. This can be a frustrating disruption to nurses as well as disturbing for their patients. Quite often it is the IV line that is causing these sensitive devices to signal that something is wrong when no intervention is necessary. IV line occlusion and dislodgement are significant contributors to alarm fatigue, interrupted medication delivery, and unnecessary IV line restarts. In this free CE session, we will be discussing how to troubleshoot IV alarms, techniques to prevent false or nuisance alarms, and minimize IV restarts with proper securement of the IV site.

Being Prepared and Adopting New Enteral Connectors:
What You Need to Know

Peggi Guenter, PhD, RN, FAAN

Enteral nutrition or tube feeding delivery systems have been misconnected to other types of medical device systems and have resulted in serious patient injury and even death.  Unintended misconnections occur due to the universal design of Luer connectors and others that are used for a variety of medical delivery systems. This educational activity is designed to inform clinicians about the new ISO standards applied to medical devices for all patients receiving enteral nutrition. This webinar will explain the use of these new connectors in terms of enteral nutrition delivery, flushing, and medication delivery. Up to date Information on the challenges with pediatric medication dosing and low-volume accuracy along with innovative solutions will be presented. 

Continuing Education for Respiratory Therapists and Nurses                          

This program has been approved for 1.0 contact hours Continuing Respiratory Care Education (CRCE) credit by the American Association of Respiratory Care, 9425 N. MacArthur Blvd. Suite 100, Irving, TX 75063.

 

This education activity is approved for 1.0 contact hour. Provider approved by California Board of Nursing, Provider # 14477 and the Florida Board of Nursing Provider # 50-17032