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Steve Koontz

Steve Koontz has been in the medical device industry for over 35 years.  He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Chemistry from Missouri State University in 1973. Steve is the Midwest Region Manager for ARC Medical with additional duties including sales training and marketing.  Steve is beginning his 11th year with ARC Medical.

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Class Accreditation
All states (with the exception of Hawaii) recognize our courses for accredited continuing nursing education, CNE, contact hours.
This course is accredited by the following boards:
Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # CEP 15467.
Provider approved by the Arkansas, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia , South Carolina Boards of Nursing through CE Broker, CE Provider #: 50-13256.  
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The Science of Heat and Moisture Exchangers

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The Science of Heat and Moisture Exchangers
For a complete list of accreditations for this course, please see the accreditation information box below the author’s bio.  All states (with the exception of Hawaii) recognize our courses for accredited continuing nursing education, CNE, contact hours.

An online continuing education course for nurses, medical health care professionals, and other interested individuals.

The aging of America’s population combined with new extended life expectancies is resulting in an unprecedented demand for long-term care. This course is designed for nursing and other departments who have ventilator patients in their every day environment.

These ventilator patients may be located in hospital ICUs, Long Term Acute Care Hospitals (LTACH), Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) and in-home ventilator patients across the country.

The Science of HMEs program will answer many questions regarding heat and moisture exchangers HMEs, which are also known as passive humidifiers.  We will explain what can be expected with different types of heat and moisture exchangers and why many heat and moisture exchangers will not work on all patients. 

Staying current in evidence based practice and education is important. This information is essential when understanding Respiratory Care and the humidification of the ventilated patient.




Objectives


  1. Define the basic concepts of humidity and the differences between Absolute Humidity, Relative Humidity, Specific Humidity and Dew Point.
  2. Describe the body’s natural humidification process.
  3. Recognize the clinical uses for molecular water and conditions requiring humidification.
  4. List the American Association of Respiratory Care Clinical Practical Guidelines for humidifying patients when the natural humidification process is bypassed.
  5. Describe the differences between Active Humidification and Passive Humidification.
  6. Humidification of patients with Passive Humidifiers.
  • Define the definition of the artificial nose
  • Identify how passive humidifiers function
  • List the 6 different types of passive humidifiers
  • Recognize why the design of passive humidifiers is important
  • Name the different types of humidification media
  • List associated problems with the humidification media
  • List  important features of passive humidifiers
  • Demonstrate documentation of passive humidifier effectiveness
  • Describe what to look for when using a passive humidifier
  • Identify the procedure of humidifying patients with tracheostomy (Trach) tube

Curriculum


Chapter 1
The birth of respiratory care

Chapter 2
Humidity and Physiology
  • Absolute Humidity
  • Relative Humidity
  • Specific Humidity 
  • Dew Point
Chapter 3
The body’s humidification process

Chapter 4
Clinical uses for molecular water

Chapter 5
Conditions requiring humidification

Chapter 6
AARC Clinical Practical Guidelines

Chapter 7
Active humidification

Chapter 8
Passive humidification
  • Heat Moisture Exchanger (HME)
  • Chapter 9. The science of HMEs
  • What is the artificial nose?
  • How does the artificial nose (passive humidifier) work?
  • What is the difference between a HME a HCH and Passive Humidification?
  • Not all Passive Humidifiers - (artificial noses) are alike!
    • The 6 different types of passive humidifiers
  • Where is humidification needed?
  • Indications and Contraindications of passive humidifiers
  • Inadequate humidification problems
  • Physiologic effects of a humidity deficit in the respiratory system
  • Giving medication treatments with a passive humidifier
Chapter 10
Why artificial noses - passive humidifiers may not work for all patients
  • Design
  • Moisture media
  • Am I using the correct passive humidifier
  • Minute Ventilations are very important when using passive humidifiers.
  • Documentation of PH Effectiveness
Chapter 11
What to look for when using a passive humidifier

Chapter 12
Is My Humidifier Working?

Chapter 13
To Filter or Not to Filter
  • Filtration
    • Tuberculosis
Chapter 14
Humidification thru a tracheostomy (Trach) tube
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