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RT 101

Respiratory Therapy Wisdom:
Everything RTs need to know about...

Information Cave:
  1. RT FAQ
  2. Links
  3. Respiratory Therapy Cheat Sheets and Protocols
  4. Respiratory therapy lexicon
  5. The 17 biggest myths of respiratory therapy
Pulmonary Diseases Cave:
  1. Respiratory Anatomy and Physiology: Ventilation Made Easy
  2. The difference between Obstructive versus Restrictive Diseases
  3. Conditions that cause decreased mucociliary clearance
  4. How to stop nosocomial diseases?
  5. Cystic Fibrosis 
  6. Asthma
  7. COPD
  8. Cardiac Asthma
  9. Fluid imbalance
  10.  flu (for more click here)
  11. Sepsis
  12. Pneumonia
  13. Lung Cancer
  14. Bronchiolitis
  15. Ventilator Acquired Pneumonia (VAP)
  16. DIC
  17. DVT and PE
  18. Heart Failure (CHF, pulmonary edema, cardiac asthma)
  19. Treatment for heart failure 
  20. ARDS 
  21. Bronchiolitis (RSV)
  22. Circadium Rythm Sleep Disorder (for night shifters)
  23. Dry Drowning: Drowning on dry land
  24. Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD) or Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis 
  25. Sarcoidosis (may eventually lead to ILD)
  26. Lupus (may eventually lead to ILD)
  27. Bronchiectasis
  28. Restless Leg Syndrome
  29. Pertussis
  30. White Coat Fever
  31. Near drowning 
  32. Sarcoidosis 
  33. Lupas 
  34. Smoke inhalation/ burns
  35. Sleep apnea 
  36. Treatment for sleep apnea 
  37. Types of sleep apnea
  38. Chest trauma 
  39. Neurological disorders
  40. Atelectasi
  41. White coat fever
  42. Pleurisy and pleural effusions
  43. Interstitial Lung Disease
  44. Pneumothorax and Hemothorax 
  45. Emphysema
  46. Comorbidities
  47. Bronchiectasis
  48. Pulmonary infarction
  49. Mesothelioma
  50. Alarm Fatigue
Pulmonary Medicine Cave:
  1. Respiratory Therapy Medicine Lexicon
  2. How do respiratory medicines work?
  3. Generic and brand names
  4. What does Off Label mean?
  5. MDIs: Priming the pump
  6. Wasting aerosolized medicine
  7. Check out what your COPD, Asthma meds cost
  8. Comparison of efficacy of MDI versus SVN
  9. Giving Albuterol to Decrease Potassium
  10. The latest wisdom on mucolytics
  11. Ventolin with GPS:  Good idea?
  12. Nebulizer or inhaler:  which one works best for your child
  13. Improving aerosol drug delivery in children
  14. What is a nebulizer 
  15. What is a metered dose inhaler?
  16. What is a spacer?
  17. When do you end a breathing treatment
  18. The link between albuterol and potassium
  19. What size aerosolized particle is therapeutic?
  20. Things that effect distribution of aerosolized medications
  21. How long does medicine stay in your system?
  22. Nebulizer versus science: the nebulizer debate
  23. Why give treatments to intubated patients
  24. The proper way to give treatments inline with BiPAP
  25. What tracheal cuff pressure is ideal? The latest evidence
  26. You can BiPAP at low settings
Neonatal Cave:
  1. Why premature babies are at higher risk for complications 
  2. T-piece resuscitators (NEOpuff) verses self-inflating bags (NEOpuff)
  3. Neonates must be kept warm
  4. Do not overoxygenate neonates
  5. Indications for intubating neonates
  6. How to decrease chances of brain injury in neonates
  7. The best dose of Albuterol and Xopenex for neonates
  8. The basics of neonatal CPAP
  9. Oxygen should be used on neonates as a drug with side effects
  10. It's time to get rid of neonatal AMBU-bags, or risk serious injury
  11. Setting up ventilator on neonate
  12. Neonatal abnormaities to consider
  13. Congenital heart abnormalities
  14. Neonatal tidal volumes
  15. Normal Neonatal ABGs and Vitals
  16. NeoPuff (T-piece resuscitator)
  17. Aerochamber Flow works great
Cardio Cave
  1. EKG Interpretation made easy 
  2. The basics of axis deviation of the EKG
  3. 5 common myths about performing EKGs
  4. Hemodynamics made easy
  5. 5 common myths about performing EKGs
  6. Does supplemental oxygen help with heart attack/ chest pain
Pulmonary Cave:
  1. Lungsound Lexicon
  2. Lung sounds for dunderheads 
  3. Where to listen to lungsounds
  4. How to listen to lungsounds
  5. 9 different types or wheezes
  6. Pulmonary Function Testing Basics
  7. The proglem with pulmonary function testing
  8. Aerosol drug delivery in children (SVN, MDI or DPI)
  9. Blowby breathing treatments
  10. Most aerosolized medicine is wasted
  11. Crying during breathing treatments
  12. 5 Common myths about performing EKGs
  13. Sputum
  14. pulmonary toilet (also click here)
  15. Lavage and suction
  16. Nonindications for bronchodilators
  17. Real indications for bronchodilators
  18. Treatment stacking
  19. Respiratory therapy formulas
  20. Incentive spirometry
  21. The breathing patterns
  22. Chest tubes and pleural drainage systems
  23. Respiratory Therapy Formulas
  24. Tips for reading chest x-rays
Respiratory Teachings Cave:
  1. The Respiratory Pump:  How do we breath?
  2. Lung Anatomy and Physiology: Ventilation Made Easy
  3. All the lab values you need to know
  4. Smoking Cessation teaching
  5. Peak flow meters
  6. To lavage and suction or not to lavage and suction?
  7. The case against IPPB 
  8. The case for IPPB
  9. The argument against ABGs
  10. Interview: Debunking The Hypoxic Drive Theory
  11. Hypoxic Drive: A History of the Myth
  12. Hypoxic Drive: Here is your evidence
  13. The hypoxic drive theory:  Reality or hoax
  14. The hypoxic drive:  Here's the latest theory
  15. Alternatives to hypoxic drive theory
  16. COPD/ CO2 Retainers: How should they be managed?
  17. What evidence disproves hypoxic drive theory?
  18. How the hypoxic drive theory was born
  19. Religious -vs- nonreligious patients
  20. Crease in ear, RLD, linked to CAD?
  21. 15 Myths about Respiratory Therapy
  22. The truth about bronchodilators
  23. What is a tracheostomy?
  24. What is an AMBU-bag?
  25. What is intubation?
  26. What is a blood gas?
  27. What is a crash cart?
  28. Lungsounds for dunderheads
Critical Care Cave:
  1. Ventilating Morbidly Obese Patients
  2. Ideal Tidal Volumes
  3. Ventilator Delerium (psychosis)
  4. Guidelines for adjusting ventilator settings
  5. Ventilator Graphics
  6. Capnography
  7. Complete whiteout
  8. Change in recommended ETT cuff pressures
  9. Change in recommended tidal volumes
  10. Tracheotomies
  11. CPAP -vs- BiPAP: What you need to know
  12. How to qualify for BiPAP
  13. Does BiPAP force pulmonary edema from lungs?
  14. How to give breathing treatment to patient on BiPAP (2/27/13)
  15. The best way to do weaning parameters
  16. BiPAP on DNR patients: An ethical issue
  17. Indications for intubation of critically ill
  18. Up with IPPB
  19. Down with IPPB
  20. Good start settings for BiPAP
  21. What's the best way to do weaning parameters?
  22. Indications for Intubation
  23. What is a ventilator
  24. Why give treatments to patients on a ventilator? Here is the science
  25. Advanced airway lavage and suction: the latest evidence
  26. Ventilator weaning should be done on minimal settings -- no t-piece
Respiratory Protocol Cave:
  1. Ventilator set-up protocol
  2. Ventilator Extubation Protocol
  3. Ventilator Bundle
  4. Ventilator Management Protocol
  5. Acute lung injury protocol
  6. Five levels of a good Ventilator Protocol
  7. RT Driven Protocols
  8. Two types of protocols
  9. Advantages of protocols, and why many RT Departments don't have them
  10. How to do a PEEP study