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Effective: Summer 2017

Prerequisites: Prerequisite: RSPT 53A.
Grade Type: Letter Grade Only
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU
2 hours lecture. (24 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • Identify anti-infective agents.
  • Compare and contrast the effects of sedatives, hypnotics, anti-anxiety agents, anti-psychotics, and analgesics.
  • Student can identify cardiac drugs and their uses
Description -
An in-depth study of drug groups commonly encountered in intensive respiratory care. Intended for students in the Respiratory Therapy Program; enrollment is limited to students accepted in the program.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. Identify anti-infective agents.
    1. Describe treatment for tuberculosis.
  2. Identify and describe appropriate neuromuscular blocking agents.
  3. Identify and describe appropriate CNS drugs.
    1. Identify a barbiturate overdose from a narcotic overdose.
    2. Compare and contrast the effects of sedatives, hypnotics, anti-anxiety agents, anti-psychotics, and analgesics (narcotic and non-narcotic).
  4. Identify and describe appropriate cardiovascular agents.
  5. Evaluate the patient's need for various diuretic agents.
  6. Evaluate the patient's need for selected respiratory therapy agents.
  7. Calculate the pediatric dosage for various respiratory care drugs.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Anti-infective agents
    1. Antibiotics
      1. Mode of action
      2. Penicillins
      3. Cephalosporins
      4. Amino glycosides
      5. Tetracyclines
      6. Miscellaneous antibiotic and anti-infective agents
      7. Sulfonamides
    2. Antifungal agents
    3. Antituberculosis agents
    4. Antiviral agents
    5. Aerosolized anti-infectives
  2. Skeletal muscle relaxants
    1. Physiology of the neuromuscular junction
    2. Neuromuscular blocking agents
      1. Non-depolarizing agents
      2. Depolarizing agents
  3. Drugs affecting the central nervous system
    1. The central nervous system
    2. Sedatives and hypnotics
      1. Barbiturates
        1. Mechanism of action
        2. Clinical uses
        3. Overdose
      2. Nonbarbiturate hypnotics and minor tranquilizers
    3. Antipsychotic drugs
      1. Neuroleptics
      2. Antidepressants
      3. Lithium
    4. Analgesics
      1. Narcotic Analgesics
        1. Pharmacologic properties of morphine
        2. Therapeutic uses of narcotics
        3. Overdose of morphine and its derivatives
      2. Narcotic antagonists
      3. Non-narcotic analgesics
        1. Salicylates
        2. Aniline derivatives
        3. Pyrazole derivatives
        4. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
    5. Respiratory simulants
  4. Cardiovascular agents
    1. The heart (cardiac drugs)
      1. Cardiac glycosides
      2. Antiarrhythmic agents
      3. Cardiac stimulants
    2. The circulatory system (drugs affecting circulation)
      1. Antihypertensive agents
      2. Coronary vasodilators
      3. Vasoconstricting agents
    3. Anticoagulants
  5. Diuretic agents
    1. Renal structure and function
    2. Acid base balance
    3. Diuretic groups
      1. Osmotic diuretics
      2. Carbonic anhydrase inhibitors
      3. Thiazide diuretics
      4. Loop diuretics
      5. Potassium-sparing diuretics
  6. Selected agents used in respiratory disease
  7. Pediatric respiratory care pharmacology
    1. Factors affecting drug therapy in the young
      1. Pharmaceutic factors
      2. Pharmacokinetic factors
      3. Pharmacodynamic factors
    2. Calculating pediatric dosages
    3. Aerosolized drug delivery in neonates and children
Methods of Evaluation -
Methods of evaluation may include:
  1. Quizzes.
  2. Midterm.
  3. Final examination.
Representative Text(s) -
Gardenhire. Rau's Respiratory Care Pharmacology. 9th ed., Chicago: Year Mosby Publishers, Inc., 2015. ISBN: 978-0323299688

Disciplines -
Respiratory Thechnologies
Method of Instruction -
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, averaging 30 to 40 pages.