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  1. Patient Data Evaluation and Recommendation
    1. Evaluate Data in the Patient Record
      1. Reviewing Patient Data; Kenneth Miller (54:34)
      2. Review Diagnostic Study Data in the Patient Record; Douglas Masini (33:26)
      3. Review Neurological, Cardiac, and Metabolic Data in the Patient Record; Shawna Strickland (24:00)
    2. Gather Clinical Information
      1. Assessing the Patient (general appearance); Robert Harwood (32:13)
      2. Assess Patient’s Overall Cardiopulmonary Status by Palpation, Percussion, and Auscultation; Robert Harwood (20:09)
      3. Patient Data Evaluation and Recommendation (patient assessment and advance directives); Robert Harwood (26:30)
      4. Patient Data Evaluation and Recommendation (chest radiographs); Robert Harwood (14:45)
    3. Perform Procedures to Gather Clinical Information and
    4. Evaluate Procedure Results (these videos address contents of both matrix items)
      1. Perform Procedures and Interpret Procedure Results (12 lead ECG, transcutaneous monitoring, pulse oximetry, and capnography); Craig Black (31:48)
      2. Perform Procedure and Interpret Procedure Results (timed walk test, oxygen titration with exercise, and cardiopulmonary calculations); Dean Hess (28:46)
      3. Perform Procedure and Interpret Procedure Results (ventilator graphics); Dean Hess (30:40)
      4. Hemodynamic Testing and Tracheal Tube Cuff Pressure; Dean Hess (30:43)
      5. Perform Procedure and Interpret Procedure Results (lung mechanics: plateau pressure, MIP, MEP); Dean Hess (34:51)
      6. CPAP Titration; Steven Nelson (4:01)
      7. Complex Pulmonary Function Tests: Lung Volumes; Steven Nelson (11:24)
      8. Simple Pulmonary Function Tests; Steven Nelson (17:48)
      9. Complex Pulmonary Function Tests (flow/volume loop, bronchoprovocation, DLCO, exercise, and exhaled nitric oxide); Steven Nelson (13:35)
      10. Sputum Induction; Diane Oldfather (7:00)
      11. Blood Gas and Hemoximetry; Lois Rowland (42:16)
      12. Apnea Monitoring, Overnight Pulse Oximetry, Transcutaneous Monitoring, Capnography; Lois Rowland (16:25)
      13. Stress Test and Hemodynamics; Lois Rowland (21:24)
    5. Recommend Diagnostic Procedures
      1. Diagnostic Testing (imaging, sputum collection, bronchoscopy, thoracentesis, pulmonary function testing, sleep studies); Craig Black (22:07)
      2. Diagnostic Testing (hemodynamics, gas exchange, laboratory analysis of blood); Craig Black (25:36)
      3. Invasive and Noninvasive Hemodynamic Monitoring; Dean Hess (30:43)
      4. Allergy and Skin Testing; Diane Oldfather (10:00)
  2. Troubleshooting and Quality Control of Equipment, and Infection Control
    1. Assemble and Troubleshoot Equipment
      1. Small Volume Nebulizers, Metered Dose Inhalers, and Dry Powder Inhalers; Douglas Gardenhire (16:56)
      2. Patient Breathing Circuits, Continuous Mechanical Ventilation, and Non-invasive Ventilation; Dean Hess (24:19)
      3. Gas Delivery, Metering, and Clinical Analyzing Devices; David Lucas (15:49)
      4. Hemodynamic and ECG Monitoring Devices; David Lucas (12:42)
      5. Manometers, Respirometrs, Vacuum Systems, and Specialty Gases; David Lucas (10:42)
      6. Artificial Airways; Douglas Masini (8:48)
      7. Humidification; Douglas Masini (8:00)
      8. Oxygen Administration Devices; Douglas Masini (6:57)
      9. Bedside Screening Spirometers, Specialty Gas Analyzers, and Bronchoscopes; Timothy Myers (28:42)
      10. Hyperinflation and Airway Clearance Devices; Georgianna Sergakis (10:15)
    2. Ensure Infection Control
      1. Ensure Infection Control; Dean Hess (23:13)
    3. Perform Quality Control Procedures
      1. Perform Quality Control Procedures; Timothy Myers (22:56)
  3. Initiation and Modification of Therapeutic Procedures
    1. Maintain a Patient Airway Including Care of Artificial Airways
      1. Maintaining a Patent Airway, Endotracheal Airways, and Suctioning; Kenneth Miller (41:47)
      2. Difficult Airways; Shawna Strickland (22:00)
    2. Perform Airway Clearance and Lung Expansion Techniques
      1. Remove Bronchopulmonary Secretions and Administer Aerosol Therapy with Prescribed Drugs; Douglas Gardenhire (19:02)
      2. Removing Bronchopulmonary Secretions and Bronchopulmonary Hygiene; Timothy Op’t Holt (43:21)
      3. Incentive Spirometry, IPPB, Inspiratory Muscle Training, and Medications; Georgianna Sergakis (15:29)
    3. Support Oxygenation and Ventilation
      1. Continuous Mechanical Ventilation; Robert Kacmarek (50:52)
      2. Change a Ventilator, Alter Mechanical Dead Space, Initiate Weaning, and Reduce Auto-PEEP and Plateau Pressure; Robert Kacmarek (36:35)
      3. Non-invasive Ventilation; Robert Kacmarek (37:35)
      4. Non-invasive Positive Pressure Ventilation; Susan Pilbeam (27:02)
      5. Modifying Mechanical Ventilation Based on Patient Response; Susan Pilbeam (33:57)
      6. Recommend and Review Chest Radiograph; Timothy Op’t Holt (33:51)
    4. Administer Medications and Specialty Gases
      1. Inhaled Medications, Drug Dosages, and Specialty Gases; Shawna Strickland (31:28)
      2. Modifying Therapeutic Procedures: Case Analysis; Timothy Op’t Holt (14:48)
    5. Ensure Modifications are Made to the Respiratory Care Plan
      1. Recommend Pharmacologic Intervention (bronchodilation); Douglas Gardenhire (19:17)
      2. Recommend Pharmacologic Intervention (anti-inflammatory agents, mucolytics and proteolytics, and cardiovascular agents); Douglas Gardenhire (20:19)
      3. Recommend Pharmacologic Intervention (antimicrobial agents, sedatives, analgesics, paralytics, surfactants, and vaccines); Douglas Gardenhire (14:42)
      4. Recommend Pharmacologic Intervention (diuretics and vasodilators); Diane Oldfather (13:11)
      5. Evaluate and Monitor Patient’s Objective and Subjective Response to Respiratory Care; Dean Hess (22:52)
      6. Recommend Modifications: Artificial Airways and Discontinuing Treatment; Dean Hess (23:44)
      7. Disease-specific Ventilator Strategies and Weaning; Robert Kacmarek (47:18)
      8. Adjust I:E Settings and Modify Ventialtor Techniques; Susan Pilbeam (34:30)
      9. Sputum Characteristics, Patient-Ventilator Dysynchrony, Vital Signs, Cardiac Rhythm, and Fluid Balance; Timothy Op’t Holt (18:43)
      10. Improve Alveolar Ventilation and Enhance Oxygenation; Susan Pilbeam (29:06)
      11. Oxygen and Bronchopulmonary Hygiene; Georgianna Sergakis (11:11)
    6. Utilize Evidence-Based Medicine Principles
      1. Analyzing Patient Information; Timothy Op’t Holt (24:50)
      2. Reviewing Respiratory Care Plans; Timothy Op’t Holt (21:19)
      3. Apply Disease-Specific Protocols and Weaning; Robert Kacmarek (47:17)
    7. Provide Respiratory Care Techniques in High-Risk Situations
      1. Emergency Settings; Steven Sitting (28:54)
      2. Intrahospital/Interfacility Medical Tranport; Steven Sitting (16:07)
      3. Medical Emergency Teams and Disaster Preparedness; Douglas Laher (36:42)
    8. Assist a Physician/Provider in Performing Procedures
      1. Act as an Assistant to the Physician Performing Special Procedure; Georgianna Sergakis (14:23)
      2. Assisting the Physician: Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing and Withdrawal of Life Support; Shawna Strickland (10:29)
    9. Initiate and Conduct Patient and Family Education
      1. Initiate and Conduct Pulmonary Rehabilitation and Home Care; Georgianna Sergakis (13:44)
      2. Conducting Health Management Education; Op't Holt (25:27)
      3. Pulmonary Rehabilitation and Disease Management; Dianne Oldfather (9:25)
  4. Bonus — Test Taking Skills
    1. Planning and Preparation for the NBRC Examinations; Bill Galvin (27:29)
    2. Effective Study Skills for the NBRC Examination; Bill Galvin (43:36)
    3. Strategies for the TMC; Bill Galvin (39:37)
    4. Strategies for the CSE; Bill Galvin (54:08)