CME and CEU information

Online CEU courses
Mask fitting workshops
Home respiratory care courses


Continuing education monographs are self-guided CEU modules that have been approved by a variety of professional organizations. For more information about these programs, please contact the Philips Respironics Account Manager in your area.

Bi-Level Rescue Program
Approved by AARC and AAST • 1 hour
Part Number 1038429
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This self-directed monograph was developed to increase awareness of bi-level therapy as an option for patients who have failed traditional CPAP therapy. It highlights information about bi-level therapy use in OSA, bi-level rescue study results, implementation, protocol, monitoring compliance, options, and follow-up.

Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET)
Approved by AARC and AAST • 1 hour
Part Number 1045805
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This self-directed monograph reviews Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET) as it relates to improving adherence to Positive Airway Pressure (PAP) treatment in patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). It uses specific behavioral interventions and theories about behavior change to help patients make a commitment to and become more active in their treatment. You will learn how and when to intervene, key concepts and principles of the therapy, specific questions to ask and how to address patients' answers for effective implementation.

Sleep Disordered Breathing and Heart Failure
Approved by AAHFN • 1 hour
Part Number 1034064
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To support the growing awareness about the impact of sleep disordered breathing in the heart failure population, Respironics, in conjunction with the American Association of Heart Failure Nurses (AAHFN), has created a self-directed education program that provides educational credits to nurses if they successfully complete this educational monograph for one CE from the AAHFN.

An Introduction to Sleep Diagnostic Equipment
Approved by AAST • 3 hours
Part Number 1052673
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This self-directed monograph consists of three individual chapters that review the difference between various nasal pressure airflow systems, pulse transit time (PTT) and respiratory inductance plethysmography (RIP), as they relate to the diagnosis of sleep-disordered breathing. This three-credit program includes information regarding: nasal pressure transducers; airflow tracings and how they are recorded and evaluated during a sleep study to determine an apnea or hypopnea; pulse transit time in relation to arousals and microarousals; how data are interpreted as related to sleep related arousals and RERAs; the importance and applications of respiratory effort as a measured parameter; and, how to set up, use, clean and score a RIP system.

A Guide to Aerosol Delivery Devices for Respiratory Therapists
Approved by AARC • 3 hours
Part Number 1044248

This self-directed monograph reviews the use and application of aerosol drug delivery, the science behind aerosol drug delivery, and the various forms or methods used to deliver medications to the lungs, including SVN, MDI, DPI and spacers. The tool reviews various ways to educate patients on correct uses of their aerosol therapy and criteria that may be used to help select the correct aerosol delivery device for patients.

Online CEU courses

These online workshops have been approved for Continuing Respiratory Care Education Credits with the American Association of Respiratory Care. Free with registration.

Capnography: Principles and Application With the use of capnography increasing throughout the hospital, this program is designed to increase the clinician's knowledge of the principles and clinical application capnography. Capnography provides an excellent picture of a patient's respiratory process notifying the clinician of an impending respiratory problem.
Respiratory Monitoring: Principles and Clinical Application of Volumetric Capnography This program explains the relationship between ETCO2, PaCO2, and VCO2 in respiratory monitoring and discussed the clinical application of VCO2, VD/VT, and other parameters derived from measuring CO2 elimination.
NPPV Across the Continuum of Care The use of noninvasive ventilation as an alternative to intubation and conventional ventilation has become a standard of care. Noninvasive ventilation reduces the need for endotracheal intubations, decreases complication rates, and improves patient outcomes. This continuing education program explores the current trends and the clinical criteria for noninvasive ventilation in acute and chronic respiratory failure.
Waveform Interpretation This program is designed to provide the learner with an introduction to ventilator graphics and the basic skills to recognize unusual waveform patterns. Ventilator waveforms can be used to improve patient-ventilator synchrony and optimize ventilator settings. Topics covered are normal characteristics of ventilator waveforms, abnormal waveform patterns, the clinical significance of each and the application of trending patient data.

Mask fitting workshops

Please contact your local Philips Respironics representative for more information regarding these programs.

A Guide to Interface Selection and Fit
Approved by AARC and AAST • 2 hours
This interactive workshop reviews the features of the various masks offered by Respironics for sleep therapy and noninvasive ventilation. The workshop covers the selection and fitting procedures associated with the interfaces, and includes hands-on demonstrations of fitting the participants with the masks.

Home respiratory care courses

The programs below have been approved for continuing education credits. Please contact your local Philips Respironics representative for more information regarding these programs.

Noninvasive Ventilation in the Home
Approved by AARC and ASNA • 1 hour
Focuses on the treatment of chronic respiratory insufficiency with noninvasive ventilation in the home. During this presentation, current trends, clinical criteria, and applications for noninvasive ventilation in chronic respiratory insufficiency are explored.

Clearing the Air on Airway Clearance
Approved by AARC and ASNA • 1 hour
This workshop focuses on the importance of maintaining a clear airway for patients who suffer from chronic conditions affecting the respiratory system. This presentation explores the differences between mobilizing and clearing bronchial secretions as well as providing practical guidance to participants on choosing the most appropriate therapy.

Pulmonary Management of the Neuromuscular Patient
Approved by AARC, CCMC, and ASNA • 1 hour
This workshop reviews the disease process of neuromuscular patients, particularly ALS, and how it impacts the respiratory system while the patient is both awake and asleep. Additionally, the importance of maintaining a clear airway for patients who suffer from chronic conditions is discussed with practical guidance to participants in choosing the most appropriate therapy for airway clearance. Finally, the American Academy of Neurology guidelines for the care of the ALS patient are reviewed as well as management of the ALS patient throughout progression of the disease.

Portable Home Oxygen Equipment: Matching the Patient to the Proper Device
Approved by AARC and ASNA • 1 hour
This workshop is aimed at increasing the knowledge of practitioners who work with home oxygen patients that require portable oxygen equipment. The session will cover methods of matching portable oxygen equipment to patient needs with emphasis on the various types of equipment currently available. Finally, issues faced by patients when traveling will also be addressed.

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