Acute Respiratory Failure

Up-to-date insight into pathophysiologic considerations, principles of diagnosis and treatment
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  • Lectures 18
  • Length 31 mins
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 10/2015 English

Course Description

Acute respiratory failure (ARF) is a medical emergency. Without appropriate care it may constitute a direct threat to patient’s life. That’s why it is extremely important to be proficient in timely recognition and adequate management of this critical condition.

Developed by practicing critical care physician with extensive teaching experience, this course is intended to provide essential medical knowledge on ARF in clear and student-friendly style.

The course starts with basic definitions and an overview of main ARF types, followed by description of causes and mechanisms of ARF development with relation to impairment of the structural components of the respiratory system. Another section presents an insight into important diagnostic considerations, including clinical presentations, pulse oximetry saturation and arterial blood gas analysis. The final section is devoted to the management strategies with particular review of airway control, oxygenation and ventilation methods. Sections are followed by quizzes in order to solidify newly acquired knowledge.

At completion of the course, students will be able to recognize patients with respiratory failure, define and classify types of ARF, differentiate between causes, analyse and describe mechanisms of respiratory dysfunction, prove diagnosis of ARF, choose and substantiate measures of critical care.

The course will be beneficial for medical students, nursing students, medical professionals and for anyone who are interested in improvement and refreshment of their knowledge in the area of clinical respiratory medicine.

What are the requirements?

  • Basic knowledge of human anatomy and physiology is recommended

What am I going to get from this course?

  • define and differentiate between main types of acute respiratory failure
  • analyse the pathogenesis (mechanisms of development) of acute respiratory failure
  • determine appropriate diagnostic and management strategies
  • recognize acute respiratory failure based on clinical criteria and arterial blood gas analysis readings
  • establish adequate measures of supportive care
  • make a reasonable choise of airway opening methods
  • describe indications for ventilatory support
  • distinguish between most frequently used modes of mechanical ventilation

Who is the target audience?

  • The course is recommended for medical students, healthcare professionals and anyone who want to receive, improve or refresh knowledge in this area of medicine

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Section 1: Overview and Pathophysiologic Considerations
Basic Definitions and Classification
Main Structural Components of the Respiratory System
CNS, Chest Bellows and Airway Component Failure
Impairment of the Alveolar Component
Acute Respiratory Failure: Overview and Pathophysiologic Considerations
5 questions
Section 2: Diagnosis
Clinical Presentations
Arterial Blood Gas Analysis
Pulse Oximetry and Imaging
Acute Respiratory Failure: Diagnosis
5 questions
Section 3: Management
Airways Opening and Protection
Ventilation: Techniques and Indications
Volume-Cycled and Pressure-Cycled Ventilation
Modes of Mechanical Ventilation [CMV, ACV, IMV]
Modes of Mechanical Ventilation [PSV, APRV]
Noninvasive Positive Pressure Ventilation
Acute Respiratory Failure: Management
5 questions

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Instructor Biography

Dr. Alexei Birkun, Clinical Lecturer in Critical Care and Emergency Medicine

Being a practicing physician, specialized and certified in Anesthesiology, Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine, Dr. Alexei Birkun hold a position of Assistant Professor and Clinical Lecturer in the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care to impart his knowledge and clinical experience to medical and graduate students. He develops and presents lectures, conducts group discussions and skills training sessions for the aforementioned medical specialities. Alongside this, he is actively involved in ongoing research with particular scientific interests relevant to Clinical Respiratory Medicine. Dr. Birkun defended his Ph.D. thesis in Pathophysiology in 2015.

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