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Effective: Summer 2017

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

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • Create a patient care plan for a respiratory patient.
  • Compare and contrast home positive pressure ventilators, negative pressure ventilators and ICU style positive pressure ventilators.
Description -
Introduction to rehabilitative respiratory care. Discussion of respiratory therapy procedures and equipment used in the treatment of home care patients. 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. write a patient care plan for a respiratory patient.
  2. create a lesson plan appropriate for patient education.
  3. design a basic respiratory rehabilitation program.
  4. discuss the negative affects of smoking and the benefits of quitting.
  5. create a discharge plan for a respiratory patient.
  6. state indications for the use of home oxygen therapy.
  7. compare and contrast home positive pressure ventilators, negative pressure ventilators and ICU style positive pressure ventilator.
  8. state set-up, maintenance, troubleshooting and aseptic procedures for home care equipment.
  9. discuss the importance of proper nutrition and ways to improve the home care patients eating habits.
  10. discuss psychosocial, ethical, compliance, and age related issues as they apply to home care patients.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
CPAP generators and associated patient attachment devices. Oxygen therapy equipment.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Patient Care Plans
    1. Purpose of plan
    2. Format of plan
    3. Patient assessment techniques
    4. How to utilize patient care plans
  2. Lesson Plans
    1. Purpose of plan
    2. Format of plan
    3. Special considerations for respiratory patients
    4. Introduction to teaching techniques
  3. Rehabilitation Programs
    1. Benefits of rehabilitation programs
    2. Components of program
    3. Personnel required
    4. Equipment and facilities required
    5. Educational component
    6. Assessments and goal setting
    7. Out patient vs in patient programs
  4. Smoking Cessation
    1. Hazards of smoking
    2. Benefits of quitting
    3. Role of respiratory therapist in smoking cessation programs
    4. Coping strategies
    5. How to promote success
  5. Discharge Planning
    1. Importance of plan
    2. Components of plan
    3. Members of planning team
    4. Role of home care company in discharge planning
  6. Home Oxygen Therapy
    1. Supply systems
    2. Administration devices
    3. Oxygen conserving devices
    4. Medicare reimbursement requirements
    5. Home evaluation
    6. Benefits of home oxygen therapy
  7. Home Mechanical Ventilation
    1. Positive pressure machines
    2. Negative pressure devices
    3. Positive pressure machines vs negative pressure devices
    4. Home ventilation vs ICU mechanical ventilation
    5. Benefits of home mechanical ventilation
  8. Additional Home Respiratory Equipment
    1. Apnea monitors
    2. Oximetry
    3. Suction
    4. Peak flow meters
    5. CPAP
    6. BiPAP
    7. Small volume nebulizers
    8. Large volume nebulizers
    9. IPPB
  9. Nutrition
    1. Causes of malnutrition
    2. Problems associated with malnutrition
    3. Obesity
    4. Fluid needs
    5. Methods to improve appetite
    6. Foods to avoid
    7. Special diets
  10. Other Considerations for Home Care Patients
    1. Aseptic technique
    2. Home environment evaluations
    3. Patient compliance issues
    4. Elderly patients
    5. Pediatric patients
    6. Psychosocial issues
    7. Ethical issues
Methods of Evaluation -
Based on quizzes, written papers, midterm and final exam.
Representative Text(s) -
Hodgkin, J. Pulmonary Rehabilitation; Guidelines to Success. 4th ed. Mosby, 2008. ISBN; 978-0323045490. This textbook is still relevant.

Disciplines -
Respiratory Technologies
Method of Instruction -
Lab Content -
Not applicable.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
Assigned readings from textbook: approximately one chapter per week, averaging 30 to 40 pages.