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What you will learn

Course description: 

This pulmonary course for critical care nurses presents a brief overview of the structures and functions of the pulmonary system as well as its role in the regulation of gas exchange and the maintenance of acid/base balance. Techniques for obtaining and analyzing arterial blood gases are described, and differentiation of imbalance pathologies are discussed. Course content encompasses clinical presentation and management of patients with various acid/base imbalances.

The Philips Healthcare Learning Center is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 15050 for 1.5 Contact Hours.

This program has been approved by the Florida Board of Nursing (CE Provider 50-11991) for 1.0 Contact Hours. CE Broker Course Tracking No. 20-535731.

This program has been approved by the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses (Provider No. WV2011-0570RN) for 1.5 Contact Hours.




Course objectives: 

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • describe the anatomy and physiology of the respiratory system
  • discuss the mechanisms that control respiration
  • discuss the steps in diffusion and gas exchange
  • discuss the relationships described by the oxyhemoglobin dissociation curve
  • describe factors that affect the work of breathing
  • discuss the clinical implications of normal and abnormal ABG values
  • discuss compensation mechanisms for pH imbalances
  • describe ABG test processes and interpretation
Course details

Delivery method: 

  • eLearning


  • English

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