Endotracheal Tubes and Tracheostomy Technology

Endotracheal intubation may be required when respiratory distress or airway integrity cannot be achieved or maintained for any reason. In the second webinar of this series on endotracheal airway management, our speaker will describe the different endotracheal tube technologies specifically examining the various structures and differences among them. This webinar will also analyze how to choose the right device in different scenarios. Finally, there will be a discussion the role of evacuation systems as mechanisms for clearance of subglottic secretions.

Respiratory Compromise: Risk Prediction on the General Care Floor

Opioid-induced respiratory depression (OIRD), a form of respiratory compromise, is one of the leading avoidable patient safety issue. Respiratory compromise, increases morbidity and mortality as well hospital inpatient costs. This presentation will discuss the results of a recent, multi-center study PRODIGY designed to identify people at high risk for OIRD. Results showed that more than 40% of patients on the general care floor experienced OIRD. The investigators will share an easy-to-use risk prediction tool they developed to identify patients at high risk that can lead to earlier interventions.


Bundling Care to Enhance Readiness to Wean

In ICUs across the US, clinicians are working to ensure the ABCDF bundle is fully integrated into daily care. Over the last decade, concentrated effort has occurred to Awaken patients through use of sedation protocols, facilitating ventilator liberation through spontaneous Breathing trials, Coordination of complex interdisciplinary care, evaluating and managing Delirium in order to foster successful progressive Early mobilization with patient and Family engagement.  Without successful bundling of the interventions, the ability to liberate a patient from the ventilator is significantly more challenging. Physicians, nurses and RTs working with an ICU patient have a unique as well as collaborative role in helping to achieve successful patient outcomes. This session will provide an overview of ABCDEF bundle to help demonstrate the impact these interventions have on increasing the readiness for a critically ill patient to be liberated from 


Liberation from mechanical ventilation: Can telehealth help expedite?

Liberation from mechanical ventilation is not a “cut and dried” process.  Clinicians need to be able to recognize patient’s rediness for ventilator separation and extubation.  Spontaneous Breathing Trials (SBTs) are the accepted method of assessment, but not always predictive.  In this webinar, there will be a discussion of the evidence for SBTs and of the role of automated weaning protocols. 


The Link Between Sedation & Asynchrony

While ventilation may be a life-saving tool for critically ill patients, it can also be an uncomfortable experience due to the invasiveness of the tubing, and mismatches (or “asynchronies”) between the patient’s demand for breath and the ventilator-delivered breathing pattern. In the past, clinicians addressed ventilator-patient asynchrony through heavy sedation. However, recent studies have highlighted the negative consequences of over-sedation for ventilatory patients, which include muscle atrophy from prolonged disuse and lengthened ventilation times. By evaluating for asynchrony, clinicians may be able to reduce the risk of oversedation. By using sedation more effectively, we can work together to potentially reduce ICU ventilation time.


Common, Costly and Deadly: Respiratory Compromise 

Respiratory compromise (RC) is a critical postoperative complication that increases the likelihood of adverse outcomes and the cost of care. Several trials have confirmed that patient observation continues to underestimate the overall incidence of postoperative RC. This CE webinar will review the evidence and provide recommendations for the prevention of RC.


Identifying Postoperative Respiratory Compromise: Comprehensive Assessment of Ventilation and Oxygenation.

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 togeher and continuously to prevent postoperative respiratory compromise.


Early Warning Systems: Early Identification of the Deteriorating Patient

Early Warning Scoring (EWS) systems provide a commonly understood way to recognize the degree of deterioration in a patient’s status, and can ensure that every patient is seen at the right time by the right person. The EWS is based on the collection of a combination of vital signs including heart rate, respiratory rate, oxygen saturation, blood pressure and body temperature. In this webinar, there will a discussion of the benefits, variations and strategies for overcoming barriers to successful implementation of EWS in hospitals.

Continuing Education for Physicians, Nurses, and Respiratory Therapists

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of SynAptiv and Saxe Healthcare Communications. SynAptiv is accredited by ACCME for 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Continuing Respiratory Care Education (CRCE) credit by the American Association of Respiratory Care. This education activity is approved for 1.0 contact hour. Provider Saxe Healthcare Communications approved by California Board of Nursing, Provider # 14477 and the Florida Board of Nursing Provider # 50-17032.


Support for this educational activity from Medtronic