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John R. Smith


John has been employed as a respiratory therapist since 1985 and has worked clinically in all aspects of the healthcare continuum. He has also been a healthcare leader, overseeing members of multiple disciplines in his roles as a healthcare administrator, department director, and healthcare educator. He has been active in his local, state, and national respiratory care associations and has been recognized for his contributions by professional organizations, publications, and employers. He has organized numerous educational opportunities for, and provided lectures to, members of his profession in pursuit of excellence in respiratory care.

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Best Practices for COPD in Post-Acute Care

Presented by John R. Smith, MBA, RRT, CPFT

Best Practices for COPD in Post-Acute Care

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Video Runtime: 76 Minutes, Learning Assessments: 41 Minutes

A complete end-to-end program, encompassing the entire continuum of care, is needed in the management of patients with COPD. Most post-acute care facilities or companies lack the specific clinical expertise, knowledge of best practices, and equipment necessary to care for these patients. The course is applicable for all patient-care providers in home health, skilled nursing, long-term care, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, and outpatient office settings. Providers may include, but are not limited to, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, nurses, social workers, and respiratory therapists.

Best Practices for COPD in Post-Acute Care addresses the aspects of clinical care necessary to care for a patient with COPD and provides suggestions on how to maximize this care and communicate along the continuum. The course follows evidence-based guidelines and practices, providing general knowledge in disease pathophysiology, exacerbation identification, assessment and care plan development, treatment and therapeutic modalities, pulmonary therapy, and transitions-of-care tools.

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