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Patti DeJuilio


Patti DeJuilio is clinical director of respiratory care services, sleep medicine, and neurodiagnostics at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield, Illinois. She has 37 years of experience in respiratory care, including 20 years at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, and 17 years at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, where she has been involved in projects and clinical work in all patient care areas. She has developed and implemented several protocols, including ventilator-associated pneumonia prevention in the NICU, in the PICU, and in three adult ICUs.

Patti served as a mentor for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) on the subject of ventilator-associated pneumonia. She has also worked on age-specific respiratory assessment protocols, an oxygen titration protocol, and a ventilator weaning protocol that includes mobility.

Patti has published and presented her work on ventilator-acquired pneumonia reduction, ventilator weaning with early mobility, use of an open-design oxygen mask, and implementing point-of-care blood gas testing. She has also presented her work on several topics, including multidisciplinary team collaboration, improving patient outcomes, and, most recently, nosocomial infection occurrence in COVID-19 patients.

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Oxygen Therapy: Implementing an Evidence-Based Protocol

Presented by Patti DeJuilio, MS, RRT-ACCS, RRT-NPS

Oxygen Therapy: Implementing an Evidence-Based Protocol

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Video Runtime: 23 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 37 Minutes

The overuse of oxygen in healthcare settings has been shown to be harmful. Despite this evidence, many clinicians believe that oxygen is harmless. It is important that healthcare settings have a process in place to guide caregivers in the titration of oxygen to continually maintain safe oxygen levels while meeting patient needs.

This course will create an awareness of the dangers of liberal oxygen therapy practices. Steps in development and implementation of a protocol will be presented and the importance of clear titration guidelines discussed. The intended audience is respiratory care professionals and leaders of healthcare staff who administer oxygen.

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Reducing the Risk of VAE/VAP

Presented by Patti DeJuilio, MS, RRT-ACCS, RRT-NPS

Reducing the Risk of VAE/VAP

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Video Runtime: 40 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 26 Minutes

This course will review the ventilator acquired event (VAE) algorithm and the CDC's National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) surveillance definition and steps to determining VAE. The course will also describe the evidence-based bundles of practice recommended to reduce and/or eliminate ventilator-associated events. Lastly, the course will discuss best practices for VAE bundle implementation.

VAEs, specifically ventilator-associated conditions (VACs) and ventilator-acquired pneumonia (VAP), can cause harm to hospitalized patients and are considered avoidable. This course will present evidence-based best-practice bundles that have been shown to reduce and/or eliminate the risk of VAEs. The intended audience is healthcare personnel who care for mechanically ventilated patients.

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Supplemental Oxygen Therapy: Which Device?

Presented by Patti DeJuilio, MS, RRT-ACCS, RRT-NPS

Supplemental Oxygen Therapy: Which Device?

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Video Runtime: 33 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 30 Minutes

Oxygen therapy is frequently delivered to patients, both in the acute care settings and at home. There are a variety of devices to choose from, and it is important that the right device be chosen. This course will review oxygen device types so that patients receive maximum benefits without harm. Specifically, the types that will be reviewed are low-flow oxygen devices, high-flow oxygen devices (including heated high-flow nasal cannulas), and reservoir oxygen devices. Finally, requirements for home oxygen will also be discussed.

Understanding oxygen delivery devices will lead to preparedness to choose the most appropriate device. Additionally, clinicians will understand how to best use device types. This course is intended for respiratory therapists and healthcare providers who are responsible for prescribing and/or implementing oxygen therapy.

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