Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines

Biological and Health Sciences Division
3 hours lecture.3 Units

Total Quarter Learning Hours: 36 (Total of All Lecture, Lecture/Lab, and Lab hours X 12)
 Lecture Hours: 3 Lab Hours: Lecture/Lab:
 Note: If Lab hours are specified, see item 10. Lab Content below.

Repeatability -
Statement: Not Repeatable.

Status -
 Course Status: ActiveGrading: Letter Grade Only
 Degree Status: ApplicableCredit Status: Credit
 Degree or Certificate Requirement: AS Degree
 GE Status: Non-GE

Articulation Office Information -
 Transferability: CSUValidation: 1/3/11

1. Description -
The assessment and treatment of patients with Cardiopulmonary Disease. Structured to help build higher order critical thinking and problem solving skills. Through the use of case studies and clinical simulations students will place emphasis on information gathering and decision making for respiratory care patients. Helpful for NBRC Clinical Simulation Examination preparation. Intended for students in the respiratory therapy program.
Prerequisite: RSPT 61A or Respiratory Care Practitioner status.
Co-requisite: None
Advisory: None

2. Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. Describe and identify the pathophysiology related to the signs and symptoms of cardiopulmonary disorders.
  2. Gather appropriate information in the assessment of the various pulmonary diseases.
  3. Select the appropriate treatment for various pulmonary disorders.
  4. Interpret arterial blood gases and evaluate the patients need for treatment.
  5. Identify the methods used to drain the pleural space and complications associated with those methods.
  6. Practice ventilator waveforms and ventilator strategies.
3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
X-ray view boxes, computer overhead viewer.

4. Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Cardiopulmonary disorders
    1. Status asthmaticus and asthma guidelines
    2. COPD guidelines
    3. Pleural diseases
    4. Pulmonary vascular disease
    5. Acute lung injury and ARDS
    6. Pulmonary edema
    7. MSOF
    8. Shock/sepsis
    9. Near drowning
    10. Smoke inhalation and burns
    11. Hypothermia
  2. Physical assessment of the critically ill patient
    1. ABG's
    2. PFT's
    3. Chest exam
    4. CXR
    5. Laboratory results
  3. Treatment strategies
    1. ARDSNet protocol
    2. ventilator management
    3. Hemodynamic monitoring
    4. Therapist driven protocols
  4. Acid base balance
    1. permissive hypercapnea
  5. Chest tubes and Chest tube drainage systems
    1. Types of chest trauma
    2. Chest Tubes
  6. Ventilator waveforms and management strategies
    1. Air trapping
    2. Dyssynchrony
5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
6. Methods of Evaluation -
Methods of evaluation may include:
  1. Exams including Midterm Exam
  2. Patient Case Study assignment and presentation
  3. Comprehensive Final Exam
7. Representative Text(s) -
Des Jardins, T. and G. Burton, Clinical Manifestations and Assessment of Respiratory Disease, 5th edition. Chicago: Mosby, 2006. ISBN: 9780323057271
Wilkins, R., J. Stoller and R. Kacmarek Egan's Fundamentals of Respiratory Care, 9th edition. St Louis, MO: Mosby Year Book, Inc., 2009. ISBN: 9780323036573

8. Disciplines -
Respiratory Therapy
9. Method of Instruction -
Lecture and discussion on advanced topics in Respiratory Therapy including diseases, protocol based care and management guidelines.
10. Lab Content -
Not applicable.
11. Honors Description - No longer used. Integrated into main description section.
12. Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Reading assignments related to course content.
  2. Reading assignments will vary from 20-60 pages a week.
  3. Students will also need to compile data on a patient and present a case study.
13. Need/Justification -
This course is required core course for the A.S. degree in Respiratory Therapy.

Course status: Active
Last updated: 2014-03-22 14:52:21

Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines