Hemodynamics for the Respiratory Therapist - RT123-60

Hemodynamics for the Respiratory Therapist

by Kathleen Cross, MSN, RNC-OB, LCCE and Kristen Szymonik, BS, RRT, AE-C
(4.6 / 218 ratings )

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

Price: $12.00
CE-PRO Price: $6.00


Hemodynamics refers to the forces affecting circulation, including preload and afterload. Respiratory therapists assess the stability of hemodynamics by monitoring a patient’s blood pressure or palpating a pulse. Although the interaction of these forces is quite complex, the concepts can be more easily understood by substituting the word “stretch” for preload and “resistance” for afterload. Preload and afterload are closely related and reflect the heart’s effectiveness in managing blood flow in and out of its chambers. This course discusses cardiac output, preload, afterload, and therapies used to treat patients with these cardiac conditions.


The goal of this hemodynamics continuing education program is to update respiratory therapists’ knowledge of hemodynamics and the appropriate interventions for treating problems affecting preload and afterload. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Define preload and afterload
  • Identify two factors each that can affect preload and afterload
  • List two therapeutic interventions each for preload and afterload problems

Accreditation Information
The 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 6/14/2019 to 6/14/2020.
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: 1/17/2019
Date of Most Recent Review: 1/17/2019
Course Termination/Update Date: 6/14/2020

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.


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James R - Pine, AZ  ·  Dec 06, 2019
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Godwin Y - San Jose, CA  ·  Dec 03, 2019
It makes the concept simple
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Christy M - mesa, AZ  ·  Dec 02, 2019
good information. workable logic
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Debra B - Bakersfield, CA  ·  Dec 01, 2019
I loved the examples. Rey helpful for a respiratory therapist.
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Gustavo P - Granada Hills, CA  ·  Nov 30, 2019
helpful material and will help me
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Price: $12.00
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