Managing Refractory Asthma - RT03

Managing Refractory Asthma

by Kristen Szymonik, BS, RRT, AE-C
(4.5 / 56 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Respiratory Therapy (1.00 Contact Hr)

Price: $12.00
CE-PRO Price: $6.00


Asthma affects millions of Americans, and most are treated successfully with conventional pharmacological agents; however, a subset of these patients has refractory asthma, which is characterized by failure to control symptoms despite accelerating treatment. Refractory asthma is a severe, persistent form of the disease that lingers despite intensive pharmacological therapy. Patients with refractory asthma are among the most challenging respiratory patients for clinicians to successfully manage, as these patients’ airway tissue is often resistant to approved pharmacological therapies, including inhaled and systemic corticosteroids. A multi-faceted approach, addressing both environmental controls and triggers, as well as introducing emerging pharmacological therapies, is of vital importance in the management of refractory asthma.


The goal of this continuing education course is to educate clinicians on the incidence, management, treatment, and ongoing monitoring needs of patients with refractory asthma. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Discuss the definition and management of refractory asthma in various patient populations
  • Identify the underlying disease process and its components as they relate to refractory asthma management
  • Describe environmental controls and trigger avoidance to reduce refractory asthma symptoms and severity
  • Create a care plan that includes appropriate pharmacological therapy for managing refractory asthma

Approval Information
This course is intended for respiratory therapists
This program has been approved for 1 contact hour of Continuing Respiratory Care Education (CRCE) credit by the American Association for Respiratory Care, 9425 N. MacArthur Blvd., Suite 100, Irving, TX 75063. AARC Sponsor ID: 9514012. This is a non-traditional course. The course has been approved from 6/16/2019 to 6/16/2020.
If you are a respiratory therapist, remember to give us your AARC member number when filling out your license number information.
OnCourse Learning is also approved by the Florida Board of Respiratory Care (provider #FBN 50-1489).

Course Originally Released on: 3/20/2018
Date of Most Recent Review: 3/20/2018
Course Termination/Update Date: 6/17/2020

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias. There is no commercial or in-kind support provided for this online educational activity.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module. For successful completion of this course, learners must read the course, and complete a posttest and evaluation survey.

This CE activity does not include any unannounced information about off-label use of a product for a purpose other than that for which is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The approval status for this educational activity, granted by the AARC, does not expressly or implicitly confer AARC endorsement of the activity’s content.


For Florida professionals:

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ANNETTE C - Fontana, CA  ·  Aug 23, 2019
Informative and concise
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Brenda B - auburndale, FL  ·  Aug 22, 2019
information was well written and understandable
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Ryan L - Mesa, AZ  ·  Aug 21, 2019
wish it had a video, but it was pretty informative
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Eddie W - Chandler, AZ  ·  Aug 21, 2019
good info that contributes to our field, especially in pediatrics.
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MARK M - corona, CA  ·  Aug 20, 2019
asthma trigger for pft pts
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Price: $12.00
CE-PRO Price: $6.00