Disciplines: Respiratory Therapy
Hours: 10 Contact Hours
Item#: VGTMU OX 10

2018 Respiratory Therapy Value Pack


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All Courses in this Value Pack are approved by the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC).

Contact hours will be awarded until this pack’s expiration date of 2/28/19.

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Antibiotic Resistance and the Staphylococci, 2nd Edition

Price: $29.95 
Item # V7314  

This course educates respiratory therapists and other health professionals on antibiotic-resistant staphylococci, particularly methicillin-resistant staph (upwards of 25% of nosocomial isolates of Staphylococcus aureus are methicillin resistant). Transmission strains, and the clinical features of diseases caused by these pathogens are covered as well as antibiotic properties, testing, therapy for infection, prevention, and control. 

 

 

Disclosures
  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above..
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.
Objectives

Course Objectives

  • Briefly discuss basic aspects of epidemiology.
  • Describe the general characteristics and pathogens of members of the genus Staphylococcus.
  • Select ways Staphylococcus aureus strains can be identified and distinguish properties of small colony variants.
  • Identify the clinical microbiology specifications of the genus Staphylococcus.
  • List the general means of transmission for Staphylococcus aureus and other species of the genus.
  • Briefly discuss Staphylococcus aureus and associated diseases.
  • Identify laboratory techniques for determining strains of Staphylococcus and other species of the genus.
  • Describe the general properties of antibiotics, such as the penicillins, and the properties of antibiotic-resistant staphylococci.
  • Discuss the means of transmission of antibiotic-resistant staphylococci and the nature of antibiotic resistance.
  • Briefly discuss approaches for the prevention and control of infections caused by antibiotic-resistant staphylococci.
  • List the risk factors for infection with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, as well as the risk factors for infection with vancomycin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.
Author Bio(s)

George A. Wistreich, PhD, F(AAM), was a professor of life sciences and the former chair of life sciences and director of allied health sciences at East Los Angeles College, where he taught for more than 35 years. He has authored and coauthored more than 65 texts, laboratory manuals, study guides, and instructor’s manuals in the areas of anatomy, microbiology, physiology, sexually transmitted diseases, and medical terminology.

Traci Marin, PhD, MPH, RRT, RPGST, is an assistant research professor, program director, and professor for the Department of Cardiopulmonary Sciences, Schools of Allied Health and Medicine at Loma Linda University. She is also an adjunct researcher and advisor at the Department of Medicine, at Dr. John Shyy’s laboratory at the University of California, San Diego, as well as the founder of Tranquility Community Health. Dr. Marin received a PhD from the University of California, Riverside, in biochemistry and molecular biology; an MPH in epidemiology and biostatistics from Loma Linda University; a bachelor’s degree in emergency medical care from Loma Linda University; and an associate’s degree in respiratory therapy from Victor Valley College.

Peer Reviewer Bio(s)

Beth Eliot, MS, RRT-NPS, is an independent facilitator for patient advocacy for the underprivileged in her immediate community. Beth received her master’s degree in microbiology from Georgetown University, a bachelor’s degree in emergency medical care from Loma Linda University, and an AS RT from Victor Valley College. She gained her experience working at Loma Linda University Medical Center and Children’s Hospital in the NICU, PICU, and emergency departments, at Loma Linda University as adjunct faculty, and at Victor Valley College as a clinical instructor.

Anthrax: A Bioterrorist Weapon, 2nd Edition

Price: $29.95 
Item # V7315  

So far as is known, all primitive and civilized societies have suffered diseases caused by pathogenic microorganisms. Frequently, the results have been disastrous. One of several microbial candidates believed to have great potential as a biological weapon is the bacterium Bacillus anthracis, the cause of the infection anthrax. the threat of bioterrorism has brought anthrax beyond the point of scientific inquiry and has created new challenges for medical and public health professionals. This course presents the currently known properties of Bacillus anthracis and the understanding of the pathogenesis, approaches to diagnosis, prevention and control measures, and treatment of anthrax. Consideration also is given to selected aspects of bioweapons and features of bioterrorism.

Disclosures
  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above..
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.
Objectives

Course Objectives

  • Summarize the indications of an intentional release of a biological agent.
  • List the microorganisms in Category A of bioterrorist agents and the criteria for placing microorganisms in Category A.
  • Identify and describe basic patterns of disease occurrence terminology.
  • Describe the general characteristics and habitat of the bacterium Bacillus anthracis.
  • List the components of anthrax exotoxin and the pathogenesis of anthrax.
  • Discuss the means of transmission of anthrax.
  • Distinguish among the five different clinical manifestations of anthrax.
  • Outline the general laboratory approach followed for the diagnosis of anthrax and the medications and approaches used in the treatment of anthrax.
  • Discuss the prevention and control measures used with anthrax, including the type of vaccine and protocol followed to prevent anthrax.
Author Bio(s)

George A. Wistreich, PhD, F(AAM), was a professor of life sciences and the former chair of life sciences and director of allied health sciences at East Los Angeles College, where he taught for more than 35 years. Earlier he had served as a lecturer at the University of Southern California Medical School and California State University, Los Angeles. In 1983 and 1989, he received a Distinguished Teaching Award and Outstanding Educator Award from the Chicanos for Creative Medicine and the East Los Angeles Alumni Association, respectively.

Dr. Wistreich received a bachelor’s degree in bacteriology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), a ­master’s degree in infectious diseases from the UCLA Medical School, and a doctorate in bacteriology from the University of Southern California. He continued his research studies with the aid of a National Institutes of Health postdoctoral fellowship. Currently, Dr. Wistreich is a fellow of the American Academy for Microbiology, Linnean Society of London, Royal Society of Health, and the American Institute of Chemists. He has authored and coauthored more than 65 texts, laboratory manuals, study guides, and instructor’s manuals in the areas of anatomy, microbiology, physiology, sexually transmitted diseases, and medical terminology. He has served as chair of Precollege Education for the American Society of Microbiology for 12 years and is a reviewer for Science Books & Films.

Traci Marin, PhD, MPH, RRT, RPGST (Revision), is an assistant research professor, program director, and professor for the Department of Cardiopulmonary Sciences, Schools of Allied Health and Medicine, at Loma Linda University. She is also an adjunct researcher and advisor in the Department of Medicine at Dr. John Shyy’s laboratory at the University of California, San Diego, as well as the founder of Tranquility Community Health. Dr. Marin received a PhD from the University of California, Riverside, in biochemistry and molecular biology; an MPH in epidemiology and biostatistics from Loma Linda University; a bachelor’s degree in emergency medical care from Loma Linda University; and an associate’s degree in respiratory therapy from Victor Valley College.

Peer Reviewer Bio(s)

Beth Eliot, MS, RRT-NPS, is a independent facilitator for patient advocacy for the underprivileged in her immediate community. Beth received her master’s degree in microbiology from Georgetown University, a bachelor’s degree in emergency medical care from Loma Linda University, and an AS RT from Victor Valley College. She gained her experience working at Loma Linda University Medical Center and Children’s Hospital in the NICU, PICU, and emergency departments; as an adjunct faculty member at Loma Linda University; and at Victor Valley College as a clinical instructor.

Virus Infections: Persistent and Emerging

Price: $19.95 
Item # V7316  

Emerging and re-emerging viral infections, which include outbreaks of previously unknown pathogens or new strains of known viruses, continue to pose significant threats and challenges to human well-being globally. The convergence of these known and other less known viruses contributes to a variety of factors that enables them to expand their spectrum of activity. Such factors include mutations, the development of environmental conditions that help to spread the disease agents, the availability of an ever increasing range of susceptible hosts, and the lack of effective laboratory detection testing methods. An awareness of these factors together with current knowledge of their existence and effects is essential to control and prevention.

Adding to the dangers posed by emerging viral diseases is the appearance of new strains of many known pathogens in more virulent forms. Widespread travel, the globalization of food supplies, and the increasing overlap between the environments of humans and lower animals give viruses, as well as other microorganisms, rapid and easy access to new populations. Unfortunately, newly recognized pathogens are accelerating their distribution by spreading faster and further, affecting the security of nations and the global economy.

This intermediate-level course is geared toward all levels and disciplines of healthcare and public health professionals. The course provides information about recently discovered and reoccurring viruses. Knowledge of the origin, pathogenesis, and diagnosis of these viruses may aid in reducing the prevalence of the infections they cause.

Disclosures
  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.
Objectives

Course Objectives

  • Distinguish among diseases that are sporadic, endemic, or pandemic in occurrence.
  • Discuss the common causes and features of emerging diseases.
  • Describe the general properties of viruses.
  • Describe the general characteristic properties, virology, means of transmission, epidemiological
    factors, clinical features, populations at risk, treatment, prevention, and control of:
    • influenza viruses,
    • human bocavirus,
    • metapneumovirus,
    • Nipah and Hendra viruses,
    • coronaviruses,
    • severe acute respiratory syndrome,
    • Middle East respiratory syndrome,
    • norovirus,
    • viral hemorrhagic fevers and Ebola, and
    • vector-borne viruses.
Author Bio(s)

Traci Marin, PhD, MPH, RRT, RPGST, is an associate research professor and program director in the Department of Cardiopulmonary Sciences, Schools of Allied Health and Medicine at Loma Linda University and Program Director of Doctoral Studies in Health Sciences at Trident University. She is also an adjunct researcher and advisor in the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego, as well as the founder of Tranquility Community Health. Dr. Marin received a PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology from the University of California, Riverside; an MPH in epidemiology and biostatistics from Loma Linda University; a bachelor’s degree in emergency medical care from Loma Linda University; and an associate’s degree in respiratory therapy from Victor Valley College.

Peer Reviewer Bio(s)

Beth Eliot, MS, RRT-NPS, is an independent facilitator for patient advocacy for the underprivileged in her immediate community. She received a master’s degree in microbiology from Georgetown University, a bachelor’s degree in emergency medical care from Loma Linda University, and an AS RT from Victor Valley College. She gained her experience working at Loma Linda University Medical Center and Children’s Hospital in the NICU, PICU, and emergency departments; as an adjunct faculty member at Loma Linda University; and as a clinical instructor at Victor Valley College.

The Revenge of the Microbes: The Conjugate Congress of Antibiotic Resistance

Price: $19.95 
Item # V7317  

When antimicrobial resistance emerges, it can have a significant impact on morbidity and mortality, as well as increased healthcare costs. Several natural and societal causative associations between a microbe and its resistance to antimicrobials are known. Natural causes include selective pressure, mutations, and gene transfer from one microbe to another. Societal causes include inappropriate use of antimicrobials; inaccurate or inadequate diagnostics; extensive use of antimicrobials, as occurs in the critical care setting; and, although debatable, agricultural use.

Education, including the basis of antimicrobial resistance together with knowledge of the major resistant pathogens, is an essential element of any program and/or strategy for the prevention and containment of such resistance. This course describes the genetic basis for antimicrobial resistance and related topics, along with the features of superbugs characterized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as urgent and serious threats because of their increasing resistance to antibiotics.

Disclosures
  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above..
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.
Objectives

Course Objectives

  • Briefly describe the epidemiological pattern of diseases and the general properties of antibiotics.
  • Briefly describe the general properties and the virulence factors among bacterial pathogens.
  • Distinguish between bacteriostatic and bactericidal actions of antibiotics and the ways in which antibiotics work (mechanisms of activity).
  • Describe the relationship between inadequate antimicrobial treatment of infections in hospitalized patients and the emergence of antibiotic-resistant, bacterial-caused infections, as well as the general structures and staining reactions of bacteria.
  • Summarize the general mechanisms of antibiotic resistance found among gram-positive bacteria and approaches to treating antibiotic-resistant infections.
  • Briefly explain the term superbug and identify the general characteristics of bacterial pathogens that are considered urgent or serious public health threats.
  • Describe the approaches and measures used for prevention and control of antibiotic-resistant bacterial pathogens in hospital environments and communities.
Author Bio(s)

Traci Marin, PhD, MPH, RRT, RPGST, is an assistant research professor, program director, and professor for the Department of Cardiopulmonary Sciences, Schools of Allied Health and Medicine, at Loma Linda University. She is also an adjunct researcher and advisor in the Department of Medicine at Dr. John Shyy’s laboratory at the University of California, San Diego, as well as the founder of Tranquility Community Health. Dr. Marin received a PhD from the University of California, Riverside, in biochemistry and molecular biology; an MPH in epidemiology and biostatistics from Loma Linda University; a bachelor’s degree in emergency medical care from Loma Linda University; and an associate’s degree in respiratory therapy from Victor Valley College.

Peer Reviewer Bio(s)

Beth Eliot, MS, RRT-NPS, is an independent facilitator for patient advocacy for underprivileged individuals in her immediate community. Beth received her master’s degree in microbiology from Georgetown University, a bachelor’s degree in emergency medical care from Loma Linda University, and an AS RT from Victor Valley College. She gained her experience working at Loma Linda University Medical Center and Children’s Hospital in the NICU, PICU, and emergency departments; as an adjunct faculty member at Loma Linda University; and at Victor Valley College as a clinical instructor.