Low-Flow Oxygen Therapy in Critical Care

a review

The lecture duration is 18min.

0.5 CPD Points, 0.5 CEUs, 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.
Accredited by CPDUK, CBRN and EB Medicine.

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Glenn Eastwood
Intensive Care Research Manager at the Austin Hospital, Melbourne, Australia
Lecture Summary

Low-flow oxygen therapy devices are often the first choice when giving supplemental oxygen to critically ill patients. Ensuring the oxygen is administered in a timely and appropriate way, using the right device, is an important aspect of care. This presentation provides an overview of basic oxygen therapy principles, describes the indications for and care requirements of nasopharyngeal oxygen catheters, nasal prongs and simple face mask devices. Importantly, a practical algorithm for the management of mild-moderate hypoxaemia is provided, so that, where possible, the simplest, most effective form of therapy can be given.

Target Audience

Critical Care Nurses

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, you should be able to:

  • Describe the principles of oxygen therapy
  • Identify the reason for, and performance characteristics of, 3 low-flow oxygen therapy devices that are available for use in the critical care setting
  • Define a practical approach to the selection and management of low-flow oxygen therapy in critical care
Accreditation

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 EB Medicine and Continulus. EB Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation

EB Medicine designates this internet-enduring material for a maximum of .5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Needs Assessment

The need for this educational activity was determined by surveys of the target audience and experts in the specialty. Further assessment was provided by examining the topics of recently published evidence-based medicine reviews, national clinical guidelines, and specialty society recommendations, as well as suggestions from evaluations of previous learning programs to determine practice gaps.

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Earning Credit

In order to earn CME credit, the participant must take the pre-test, watch the course, take the CME post-test, and complete the post-test evaluation.

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