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Administer Nebulizer Treatment and Assess Peak Flow

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This module covers how to prepare for and administer nebulizer treatment, assess peak flow and perform a spirometric test.

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As a nurse or medical assistant in a doctor's office, you may be asked to assist the doctor with patients who have lung disease or abnormalities. This module teaches you how to prepare for and administer nebulizer treatment, assess peak flow and perform a spirometric test. Including both Learn and Test modes, the online simulator offers two scenarios that test your ability to either assess peak flow and perform nebulizer treatment, or perform spirometry. Practice the steps of the procedures online as often as you want, until you feel confident. This module is based on the entry-level competencies for which the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) test the Medical Assistant.

You’ll learn

  • relevant medical terminology
  • to visualize the anatomy of the upper and lower respiratory systems, specifically the key structures of the nasal cavity, oropharynx, laryngopharynx and the lungs and bronchioles
  • how to prepare for administering nebulizer treatment and assessing peak flow
  • to practice and perfect your skills in administering nebulizer treatment, assessing peak flow and performing a spirometric test
  • correct post-procedure, recording and reporting procedures
  • much more (see Content Details for more specific information)
Introduction
Step 1 - Preparation
Step 1.1 - Equipment preparation
Step 1.1.1 - Peak flow meter
Step 1.1.2 - Nebulizer
Step 1.1.3 - Spirometer
Step 1.2 - Medical assistant preparation
Step 1.3 - Patient preparation
Step 2 - Perform a peak flow meter test
Step 2.1 - Instruction on technique
Step 2.2 - Perform the test
Step 3 - Administer nebulizer treatment
Step 3.1 - Assess the patient
Step 3.2 - Prepare the medication
Step 3.3 - Position the patient
Step 3.4 - Commence treatment
Step 4 - Perform a spirometric test
Step 4.1 - Obtain vital signs, height, and weight
Step 4.2 - Position the patient
Step 4.3 - Practice the maneuver
Step 4.4 - Perform the forced volume capacity test
Step 5 - Complete the procedure
  • Describe pre-procedure considerations for administering nebulizer treatment and assessing peak flow.
  • Describe and demonstrate the preparation for administering nebulizer treatment and assessing peak flow.
  • Describe and demonstrate how to perform a peak flow test.
  • Describe and demonstrate how to perform nebulizer treatment.
  • Describe and demonstrate how to perform a spirometric test.
  • Understand and apply Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines.
  • Understand and apply the "seven rights" of drug administration.
  • Describe and demonstrate the correct post-procedure considerations.
  • Define and demonstrate correct recording and reporting procedures.
  • Define and use related medical terminology.
  • Explain the Patient Privacy Rule (HIPAA), Patient Safety Act, and Patient's Bill of Rights.

The SIMTICS modules are all easy to use and web-based. This means they are available at any time as long as the learner has an internet connection. No special hardware or other equipment is required, other than a computer mouse for use in the simulations. Each of the SIMTICS modules covers one specific procedure or topic in detail. Each module contains:

  • an online simulation (available in Learn and Test modes)
  • descriptive text, which explains exactly how to perform that particular procedure including key terms and hyperlinks to references
  • 2D images and a 3D model of applied anatomy for that particular topic
  • a step by step video demonstration by an expert
  • a quiz
  • a personal logbook that keeps track of all the modules the learner has studied and how long

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