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This course is useful for any practicing nurse, nurse faculty, or student wanting to acquire fundamental knowledge of pediatric respiratory care.


Commercial Support AcknowledgmentNo commercial support was provided for the development of this activity.

Statement of NeedIn light of the delicate and easily overwhelmed nature of the infant's respiratory system, there is a significant need for fundamental knowledge about the limitations of the immature system and an ability to identify normal and adventitious pediatric breath sounds. There is also a need for knowledge of the signs of different severities of respiratory distress and the interventions that may be necessary.

Method of ParticipationTo complete this activity and obtain continuing education credit, you must do the following:

  • Read this Course Introduction / Disclosures section in its entirety.
  • Read the course material.
  • Complete the Post Test with a passing score of 80% or more.
  • Submit the online Activity Evaluation form.

    AccreditationMedcom/Trainex is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation*

    Medcom/Trainex is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the California Board of Registered Nursing (provider number CEP 9888), and the Florida Board of Nursing (provider number 50-1285).

    *Accreditation refers to recognition of educational activities only and does not imply Commission on Accreditation approval or endorsement of any product.

    Credit DesignationMedcom, Inc. designates this educational activity for 1 contact hour of continuing nursing education credit.

    OverviewThe immature respiratory system is very different from that of an adult. Respiratory pathologies are one of the major problems affecting the health and well being of children. These issues can be due to infection, allergy, trauma, or congenital anomalies. Whatever the cause, if distress is not promptly identified and treated, respiratory failure and even cardiopulmonary arrest can follow.

    Learning ObjectivesAfter completing this course, the learner should be able to:

  • Describe the differences between an immature respiratory system and an adult's.
  • Identify normal pediatric breath sounds.
  • Identify adventitious pediatric breath sounds and their possible causes.
  • LIst important signs of pediatric respiratory distress.
  • LIst the components of a pediatric respiratory assessment.
  • Identify the differences in signs between mild respiratory distress and moderate to acute respiratory distress.
  • Identify red flags that can indicate acute pediatric distress.

    This educational activity was wholly developed, written, and produced by Medcom, Inc., G. Rand Rodriguez, editor. Marcia Wellington, RN-C, MS, and Robert Goodrow, BS, RRT-NPS, served as subject matter expert in review of the content, and performed a content validation review. Marguerite Voorhees, RN, MN, CNS, CPHQ, CPHRM, served as nurse planner.

    In accordance with ANCC Standards, parallel documents from other accrediting bodies, and Medcom, Inc. policy, the learner is hereby informed that the planners and staff of Medcom, Inc., and the content validation reviewer(s) involved with this activity have reported no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests. Furthermore, there is no discussion in this activity about the use of products for non FDA-approved indications.

    Unnapproved Use DisclosureMedcom, Inc. requires authors and content validation reviewers to disclose to the learner when products or procedures being discussed are off-label, unlabeled, experimental, and/or investigational (not FDA approved); and any limitations on the information that is presented, such as data that are preliminary or that represent ongoing research, interim analyses, and/or unsupported opinion. Authors of this activity may present information about pharmaceutical agents that is outside of U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved labeling. This information is intended solely for continuing medical education and is not intended to promote off-label use of these medications. If you have questions, contact the medical affairs department of the manufacturer for the most recent prescribing information.

    As in all educational activities, we encourage the practitioners to use their own judgment in treating and addressing the needs of each individual patient, taking into account the patient's unique clinical situation. Medcom disclaims any liability and/or loss resulting from the information contained in this activity. The learner specifically agrees to indemnify and hold Medcom, the creators, producers, and distributors of this activity harmless against any and all claims or liabilities arising out of the use of any information provided in this activity by the learner, or by anyone directly or indirectly obtaining such information through the learner.

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    Respiratory Distress in the Pediatric Patient Online course
    • Course ID:
      245036
    • Duration:
      n/a
    • Price:
      $50