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Karsten Roberts

MSc, RRT, RRT-ACCS, FAARC

Karsten J. Roberts, MSc, RRT, RRT-ACCS, FAARC, is a respiratory therapist with nearly two decades of experience. He earned a baccalaureate degree from Boise State University and a master's degree from Northeastern University. Karsten has been honored as both a Speciality Practitioner of the Year (2019) and a Fellow of the American Association for Respiratory Care. He has given a wide range of presentations on a variety of topics at national AARC conferences and has been involved in two state professional societies (California and Pennsylvania) as a board member and committee chair. Karsten has spent much of his career as a clinical preceptor, hospital-based educator, and adjunct faculty member at both community college and university levels. He has published research in peer-reviewed journals and has research interests in respiratory therapist well-being, education, and mechanical ventilation.

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Evidence-Based Practice of Mechanical Ventilation

Presented by Karsten Roberts, MSc, RRT, RRT-ACCS, FAARC

Evidence-Based Practice of Mechanical Ventilation

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Video Runtime: 43 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 39 Minutes

The initiation of mechanical ventilation is complex. RTs must understand technical aspects of ventilators as well as physiology and patient-ventilator interactions. A competency assessment should be maintained at least annually. This course ensures an interdisciplinary approach to initiation and adjustment of mechanical ventilator settings. At the end of this course, clinicians will independently initiate mechanical ventilation and assess the need for adjustments. The course covers basic ventilator settings for critically ill patients in volume control and pressure control ventilation. Adjustments to initial settings based on disease process, patients' readiness to wean from mechanical ventilation, and post-extubation care are detailed throughout the course.

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Prone Positioning and Early Mobility

Presented by Karsten Roberts, MSc, RRT, RRT-ACCS, FAARC

Prone Positioning and Early Mobility

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Video Runtime: 22 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 32 Minutes

Despite evidence of improved outcomes, prone positioning and early mobilization are not routinely utilized in ICU settings. Both procedures require multidisciplinary competency to be performed successfully. Gaps in knowledge remain regarding best practices and the role of the respiratory therapist (RT). The goal of this course is to clarify the role of prone positioning in patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and to examine the role of RTs in mobilizing patients via mechanical ventilation. The course reviews the rationale for utilizing prone positioning in patients with severe ARDS. Additionally, the role of the RT for prone positioning and early mobility utilizing a team approach will be covered throughout the course. At the end of this course, learners will be able to determine appropriateness for early mobilization and facilitate adjunctive therapies in the ICU.

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Ventilator Alarm Safety and Fatigue

Presented by Karsten Roberts, MSc, RRT, RRT-ACCS, FAARC

Ventilator Alarm Safety and Fatigue

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Video Runtime: 14 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 24 Minutes

There is a lack of literature describing how best to address ventilator alarms. If not properly set and addressed, ventilator alarms carry the risk of causing serious harm or death. Additionally, there is a lack of standardization and specificity in the setting of ventilator alarms. Ventilator alarms must be set to minimize alarm fatigue, and settings are most often based on individual patient condition. When assessing patients, respiratory therapists determine the appropriateness of alarm settings for individual patients. This course will support clinicians by identifying issues regarding the number of audible alarms in the ICU. The course will address difficulties in setting and addressing mechanical ventilator alarms.

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