RT2133: Respiratory Therapy Proc III

Credits 3 Lab Hours 0 Lecture Hours 3 Clinical Hours 0
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This is a three-hour lecture course that is designed to further the student's understanding of treatment of the critically ill patient. The student will learn to monitor and assess critically ill patients on the mechanical ventilator and the new technology and accessories that can be applied to mechanical ventilation. This includes the study of hemodynamics with a review of the pathophysiology of the heart and lungs and the placement and use of catheters to monitor blood pressure, central venous pressure, pulmonary artery pressure, and pulmonary capillary wedge pressure. This course will enhance their knowledge of lung protective strategies including high frequency oscillatory ventilation, heliox therapy, and special maneuvers on the mechanical ventilator. Students will learn how to troubleshoot and fix problems for mechanically ventilated patients in addition to methods used to enhance patient-ventilator synchrony and prevent/decrease the risk for ventilator associated events.


Admission to the Respiratory Therapy Program.