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    Respiratory Muscle Weakness Therapeutic Application

    In cooperation with PN Medical



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    Appropriate Disciplines

    • Physical Therapist
    • Physical Therapy Asst
    • Occupational Therapist
    • Certified Occupational Therapy Asst
    • Speech Language Pathologist
    • Respiratory Therapist

Course Description

CIAO is proud to offer continuing education credit for this course in cooperation with PN Medical, manufacturer of The Breather, a respiratory muscle training device.

This course was developed to improve Clinician understanding of Respiratory Muscle Weakness (RMW), an extremely prevalent issue that is often undertreated. Learners are provided with a comprehensive and inter-professional approach to client: identification, assessment, treatment, documentation and discharge planning for those impacted by RMW. This introductory level course provides insight into Respiratory Muscle Training (RMT) to effectively treat RMW. Course provides learners with RMT treatment strategies including the use of devices like; Positive Expiratory Pressure or PEP and PN Medical’s inspiratory and expiratory resistance trainer, The Breather.

Disclosure: PN Medical sells The Breather for a profit. The Breather is presented in this course as a tool to treat Respiratory Muscle Weakness along with other devices used for this purpose. CIAO Seminars, the CE Provider for this course, has no proprietary interest in the sale of the equipment discussed in this course.

Course Requirements:
  • Computer with internet and working speakers/sound are required for this course.
  • Course must be completed within 30 days of activation (activate course within 6 months of purchase).
  • An online multiple-choice quiz (80% passing score) and submission of an online evaluation form are required for successful completion.
  • A certificate of completion will be available to print immediately after course is successfully completed.
  • ASHA CEUs may be requested by completing the online ASHA form and choosing Yes for "Report to ASHA" question.

AOTA Classification Codes

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify 4 conditions that cause respiratory system breakdown and the implications related to Respiratory Muscle Weakness (RMW)
  • Name 8 assessments that can be used in identifying RMW and obtaining baseline measures and appropriate discipline specific use
  • Use new knowledge of Respiratory Muscle Training (RMT) to implement a program in their setting to improve clinical outcomes
  • Relate RMW and RMT to current industry reimbursement changes for best practice application for each setting available evidence.

Elizabeth Page


Elizabeth Page, MA, CCC-SLP (Betsy) has been a Speech Language Pathologist for over 15 years. She is a graduate of the University of Central Florida and has experience in various long-term care settings. Betsy enjoys an interdisciplinary approach to Cardiopulmonary assessment and treatment. She promotes this by actively engaging all team members to participate in a collaborative approach to each client’s needs. She is a leader in her field and strives for great outcomes with each client impacted by Respiratory Muscle Weakness. Betsy has a passion for clinical program implementation and education. She has been a continuing education instructor for 4 years, educating PT, OT, RT, Nursing and SLP healthcare professionals. Her area of expertise is Respiratory Muscle Weakness and Cardiopulmonary conditions. She is a Clinical Consultant, instructor and clinical content developer for a therapy company and serves as PN Medical’s Master Clinician, content expert and continuing education consultant.
Financial Disclosure: Betsy Page received a consulting fee from PN Medical for this recorded course.
Non-Financial Disclosure: no relevant disclosures.

14 Minutes
Conditions that cause respiratory system breakdown, identification, and baseline measurements
29 Minutes
Discipline specific assessment and treatment tools. Program development. Reimbursement.
8 Minutes
Improving clinical outcomes
8 Minutes
Beat practice for each setting
1.0 Hours

Delivery VIA:

  • Online - This course is offered in an online, on demand format.

Contact hours pre-approved for:

  • 1.0 CE Hours
  • CIAO is an ASHA Approved Provider (0.1 ASHA CEUs) bubble sheet required at completion
  • CIAO is an AOTA Approved Provider #4119 (0.1 AOTA CEUs)
  • This course meets PDU requirements for NBCOT (1.0 PDUs)
  • CIAO is an Illinois Approved Provider for PT/PTA Continuing Education
  • CIAO is recognized as an Approved Provider for PT/PTAs by the NYSE Dept State Board for PT
  • This activity is provided by the Texas Board of PT Examiners Accredited Prov #2202009#TX*
  • This activity meets continuing competence requirements for PT/PTA license renewal in TX
  • The Physical Therapy Board of California recognizes CIAO Seminars as an Approval Agency to Approve Providers Offering Continuing Competency Courses
  • The Physical Therapy Board of California has determined that CIAO meets the standards set forth in section 1399.95 of the CA Code of Regulations
  • Approved for:
  • 1.0 hr OT/COTAs in FL (#20-714573)
  • 1.0 hr PT/PTAs in AR, CA (CIAO21-05), FL (#21-714573), IL, LA, MD (2020-819), MN (3770), MS, NJ (2010-001),NV
  • 1.0 hr PT/PTAs NY, OH (21S1918), OK(202113612), TN (#2020-184 expires 9/13/21), TN (#2021-133 expires 9/13/22 ) TX (1.0 CCU*), WV (CIAO-21-01)
  • 1.0 contact hr non-traditional Continuing Respiratory Care Education (CRCE) credit by the American Association for Respiratory Care Course #184238000
  • Accreditation of this course does not necessarily imply the FPTA supports the views of the presenter or the sponsors.

Contact hours applied for:

  • 1.0 HR NM

Course meets requirements for:

  • PT/PTAs in AK, AL, AZ, CO, CT, DC, DE, GA, HI, ID, IN, IA, KS, KY, ME, MO, MA, MI, MT, NE, NC, NH, ND, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, UT, VT, VA, WA, WI, WY

  • The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

    This course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Introductory Level, Professional Area)

    CIAO is recognized on the NBCOT Provider Registry (meets PDU requirements for NBCOT)


    "Enjoyed the course. Learned new information. Feel I will be able to use this information in my practice."

    - Springfield, IL / Sep 2021

    "This was a great course. I would love to see more from her! Easy to follow along and understand. Thanks!"

    - West Des Moines, IA / Aug 2021

    "Loved this course!"

    - Somerville, MA / Aug 2021

    "I work in the school system and may have a handful of students who would benefit from this tool. I am planning on using it for myself. "

    - Marion, MS / Aug 2021

    "Wonderful!! "

    - Sherman, IL / Jul 2021

    "I loved the videos and resources. Very well organized!"

    - Bakersfield, CA / Jul 2021

    "The course instructions were clear to begin course; however were unclear to locate the test. May need a prompt to find test area."

    - Lakeland , FL / Jun 2021

    "Presentation was clear and helpful in beginning the process."

    - Oakland, CA / Mar 2021

    "Great course. Cleared up some questions I had"

    - Memphis, TN / Mar 2021

    "Great course, could have used a bit more on criteria for number of reps and setting for inhaling and exhaling "

    - Wauwatosa, WI / Mar 2021

    "Very well done. I look forward to utilizing this in my hospital based acute care practice."

    - Salt Lake City, UT / Feb 2021

    "comprehensive and well done"

    - Rockville Centre, NY / Feb 2021

    "The course was a great introduction to the use of the Breather device to target respiratory muscle weakness. "

    - Oreland, PA / Jan 2021

    "Excellent assessment suggestions to make it accessible to most clinicians of different specialties without breaking the bank!"

    - xx, FL / Nov 2020