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Identifying Postoperative Respiratory Compromise: Comprehensive Assessment of Ventilation and Oxygenation

This program is accredited for 1.0 contact hours for Registered Nurses and Respiratory Therapists. In order to take this test and receive your certificate, after viewing this video, please go to register, and answer the questions and survey. Upon successful completion, you may print out your certificate.


There is compelling evidence that continuous monitoring of the respiratory function has a significant impact on clinical outcomes and cost of care. Although ventilation and oxygenation are different physiologically, it is recommended that they be monitored together and continuously to prevent postoperative respiratory compromise.

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe the indications for respiratory monitoring

  2. Compare and contrast currently available monitoring techniques

  3. Review evidence-based recommendations on respiratory monitoring



Ruben Dario Restrepo, MD, RRT, FAARC is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Education in the Department of Respiratory Care, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Texas. He has published widely in the field of respiratory care, including book chapters and articles, and has given many presentations. He is a reviewer for several major journals in respiratory and pulmonary medicine. Dr. Restrepo lives in San Antonio, TX.

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