Barotrauma

Overview

4.5 out of 5 (4 Reviews)

Credits

1.25

Post Assesment Questions

8

Release Date

5 Oct 2020

Expiration Date

11 Jan 2022

Last Reviewed

11 Jan 2021

Estimated Time To Finish

75 Minutes

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Activity Description

Barotrauma is physical tissue damage caused by a pressure difference between an unvented space inside the body and surrounding gas or fluid. The damage is due to shear or overstretching of tissues. As a gas-filled space expands or contracts, it can cause damage to the local tissue. Occasionally, tears in tissue can allow gas to enter the body through the initial trauma site. This causes potential blockage of circulation at distant sites or interferes with normal organ function. Barotrauma can cause sinus injury, ear injury, facial injury, tooth injury, an acute abdomen, pneumothorax, pulmonary hemorrhage, and subcutaneous emphysema. This activity reviews the causes, presentation of barotrauma, and highlights the role of the interprofessional team in its management in order to improve outcomes.

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Target Audience

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of nurse practitioners.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the learner will be better able to:

  • Identify the etiology of barotrauma.
  • Outline the presentation of barotrauma.
  • Review the treatment and management options available for barotrauma.
  • Summarize interprofessional team strategies for improving care coordination and communication to advance the treatment of barotrauma and improve outcomes.
  • Outline the pharmacologic therapy as it applies to Barotrauma

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Continuing Education Accreditation Information


  

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Accreditation Standards of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) through the joint providership of AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare and StatPearls Publishing, LLC.  AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare is accredited by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners as an approved provider of nurse practitioner continuing education. Provider number: 030803.  This activity is approved for 1.25 contact hour(s) (which includes 0.1 hour(s) of pharmacology).

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  2. Review the required accreditation information:  Target audience, learning objectives, and disclosure information.
  3. Complete the entire self-study activity.
  4. Complete the post-test assessments.
  5. Successfully pass the post-test with a minimum score of 100%.
  6. Complete the evaluation form.
  7. Obtain a certificate.

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