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Effective: Summer 2015
RSPT 53AINTRODUCTION TO RESPIRATORY THERAPY PHARMACOLOGY2 Unit(s)

Corequisites: Corequisite: RSPT 50A.
Grade Type: Letter Grade Only
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU
2 hours lecture. (24 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • Describe the mechanism of bronchospasm and differentiate the pharmacologic effects of sympathomimetic bronchodilators, parasympatholytics, xanthine bronchodilators, mucus-controlling agents, surface-active agents, cold and cough agents, corticosteroids, and mediator antagonists.
  • Describe the principles of drug action.
Description -
An in-depth study of drug groups commonly used in the treatment of respiratory diseases. Intended for students in the respiratory therapy program.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. calculate drug dosages from prepared-strength liquids.
  2. solve percentage and solution problems.
  3. describe the principles of drug action.
  4. compare and contrast the autonomic effects in the cardiopulmonary system.
  5. describe the mechanism of bronchospasm.
  6. differentiate the pharmacologic effects of sympathomimetic bronchodilators, parasympatholytics, xanthine bronchodilators, mucus-controlling agents, surface-active agents, cold and cough agents, corticosteroids, and mediator antagonists.
  7. based upon patients condition, select the appropriate respiratory pharmacologic agent.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
None.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. drug dosage calculations
    1. concentrations
    2. volumes
    3. nebulization duration
  2. percentage and solution problems.
    1. by body weight
    2. by duration
    3. for reconstituted drugs
  3. principles of drug action.
    1. general principles
    2. principles related to respiratory therapy drugs, especially nebulized drugs
  4. autonomic effects in the cardiopulmonary system.
    1. sympathetic nervous system
    2. parasympathetic nervous system
  5. the mechanism of bronchospasm.
    1. constriction of the smooth bronchial muscles
    2. airway inflammation
  6. Bronchodilators and specialized agents
    1. sympathomimetics
    2. parasympatholytics
    3. xanthines
    4. mucus controlling agents
    5. surface active agents
    6. cold and cough agents
    7. corticosteroids
    8. mediator antagonists
  7. selection of the appropriate respiratory pharmacologic agent.
    1. rescue drugs
    2. maintenance drugs
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Quizzes.
  2. Final examination.
  3. Problem solving exercises.
Representative Text(s) -
Rau, Joseph L., Jr., Respiratory Care Pharmacology, 8th ed., Chicago: Year Book Medical Publishers, Inc., 2011. ISBN: 978-0323075282

Disciplines -
Respiratory Therapy
 
Method of Instruction -
  1. written quizzes
  2. midterm; and
  3. final examination
 
Lab Content -
Not applicable.
 
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
Assigned reading from textbook, approximately one chapter per week.