Respiratory therapist

Nursing Courses - Respiratory Therapy


The purpose of this course is to provide the student with knowledge and of respiratory patients achieved during in assessing patient needs, providing quick and efficient care, evaluating results of intervention, and supporting, teaching, and preparing the patient and family. 

Techniques, equipment, and procedures vary according to the patient's respiratory status. Bronchial hygiene, artificial airways, chest tubes, pharmacological agents, and various types of ventilator support are applied in this course.


Course Objectives

Based on the content course, the student should be able to:

  • Summarize the desired outcomes of the various bronchial hygiene techniques.
  • Compare and contrast situations in which chest physiotherapy (including postural drainage) is useful and those in which it is contraindicated.
  • Describe the nursing assessment of patients on oxygen therapy.
  • Compare and contrast indications for, and complications of, orotracheal intubation and nasotracheal intubation.
  • Summarize procedures commonly performed in the intensive care unit that can precipitate pneumothorax.
  • Compare and contrast the principles governing chest tube drainage systems.
  • Analyze the process by which each of the following conditions can cause respiratory failure: benzodiazepine overdose, asthma, and pulmonary embolus.
  • Differentiate between the principles of negative pressure ventilation and positive-pressure ventilation. In positive-pressure ventilation, differentiate between pressure-cycled and volume-cycled ventilators.
  • Compare and contrast intermittent mandatory, assist-control, pressure-support, and pressurecontrolled ventilation.
  • Summarize strategies to maximize oxygen delivery with the goal of achieving a nontoxic FIO2 setting.
  • Summarize adverse effects of positive endexpiratory pressure, how they are identified, and the appropriate treatment for each.
  • Compare and contrast the advantages and disadvantages of tracheostomy versus endotracheal intubation.
  • Access one Internet resource and identify two points applicable to ventilators or ventilated patient care.
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