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Effective: Summer 2011

Prerequisites: Prerequisite: RSPT 61A.
Grade Type: Letter Grade Only
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU
2 hours laboratory. (24 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • Selects appropriate tests and treatments to successfully pass all clinical simulations programs.
  • Employs learned knowledge to successfully pass all clinical simulation programs
Description -
Information gathering and decision making in the management of patients with acute and chronic respiratory conditions. 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. Obtain patient data, evaluate patient data and make recommendations
  2. Manipulate equipment by order or protocol including infection and quality control
  3. Initiate and modify therapeutic procedures
  4. Show competence in managing various respiratory disorders by successfully completing information gathering and decision making segments of clinical simulations
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
General Respiratory Care Textbooks and Medical Terminology Text. Apple Macintosh and PC computers.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Review patient data and make recommendations
    1. Patient history
    2. physical examination
    3. Laboratory data
    4. Pulmonary function results
    5. Blood gas results
    6. Imaging studies
    7. Monitoring data
    8. Cardiac monitoring
    9. Maternal and perinatal /neonatal history and data
    10. Sleep study results
    11. Inspection, palpation, percussion and auscultation
    12. Patient interview
    13. Patient's learning needs
    14. Review radiographs
    15. Perform procedures
    16. Interpret procedure results
    17. Recommend procedures to obtain additional data
  2. Equipment manipulation, infection and quality control
    1. Manipulate equipment by order
    2. Ensure infection control
    3. Perform quality control procedures
  3. Initiation and modification of therapeutic procedures
    1. Maintain records and communicate information
    2. Maintain a patent airway including care of artificial airways
    3. Remove bronchopulmonary secretions
    4. Achieve adequate respiratory support
    5. Evaluate patient's response to respiratory care
    6. Independently modify procedures based on patient response
    7. Recommend modifications to the patient's care plan
    8. Initiate, conduct or modify respiratory care techniques in an emergency setting
    9. Act as an assistant to the physician performing special procedures
    10. Initiate and conduct pulmonary rehabilitation and home care
Methods of Evaluation -
Methods of instruction will include computer administered and scored examinations.
Representative Text(s) -
Wilkins, Stoller and Kacmarek Egan. Fundamentals of Respiratory Care, 9th ed, Mosby 2009 ISBN 978-0-323-03657-3

Disciplines -
Respiratory Therapy
Method of Instruction -
Computer based learning.
Lab Content -
Self study computer modules.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
Interactive computer modules.