A leader in respiratory care education for more than 35 years, this comprehensive textbook lays a strong foundation for a successful career. You'll gain a thorough understanding of the role of respiratory therapists (RTs), a scientific basis for treatment, and clinical applications. In-depth discussions progress from the principles of respiratory care to applied anatomy and physiology, assessment, discussion of specific respiratory illnesses, basic therapy, acute and critical care, and preventive and long-term care. Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPGs) and Therapist Driven Protocols (TDPs) in appropriate chapters familiarize you with patient care guidelines and decision trees as they are used in practice.
- A full-color format makes the text easier to read and brings out key detail in the illustrations.
- Mini-Clinis provide short vignettes applying content in the text to actual patient care, asking you to think critically on problems you may encounter.
- Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPGs) cover the steps of patient care with important information on indications/contraindications, hazards and complications, assessment of need, assessment of outcome, and monitoring.
- Therapist-Driven Protocols (TDPs) provide decision trees developed by hospitals, helping you to assess patients, initiate care, and evaluate outcomes.
- Rules of Thumb highlights rules, formulas, and key points important to clinical practice.
- Measurable Learning Objectives parallel the areas tested by the NBRC exam, helping you identify important information that goes beyond memorization and recall.
- Key Point summaries in bulleted format help you clearly identify key concepts covered in each chapter.
- A Workbook includes a wide range of activities such as NBRC-type multiple-choice questions, case studies, experiments, and hands-on activities, allowing you to apply the knowledge you've gained from the text.
- New History of Respiratory Care chapter describes the evolution and challenges of this profession.
- Updated content reflects changes in the field, with additions to the text including:
- More coverage of evidence-based care
- Information on HIPAA
- A discussion of computer applications in a health care setting
- An emphasis on how nutrition impacts the respiratory system
- The role of the respiratory therapist in disease management is discussed in the Cardiopulmonary Diseases section.
- A new appendix cross-references the NBRC examination matrices for the CRT and RRT to content in the book, making it easier to prepare for the NBRC exams.
- New editor Robert Kacmarek, a well-known figure in respiratory care, has joined Robert Wilkins and James Stoller.
I. Foundations of Respiratory Care
1. History of Respiratory Care NEW!
2. Quality and Evidence-Based Respiratory Care
3. Patient Safety, Communication and Recordkeeping
4. Principles of Infection Control
5. Ethical and Legal Implications of Practice
6. Physical Principles of Respiratory Care
7. Computer Applications in Respiratory Care
II. Applied Anatomy and Physiology
8. The Respiratory System
9. The Cardiovascular System
11. Gas Exchange and Transport
12. Solutions, Body Fluids, and Electrolytes
13. Acid-Base Balance
14. Regulation of Breathing
III. Assessment of Respiratory Disorders
15. Bedside Assessment of the Patient
16. Interpretation of Clinical Laboratory Data
17. Interpreting the Electrocardiogram
18. Analysis and Monitoring of Gas Exchange
19. Pulmonary Function Testing
20. A Review of Thoracic Imaging
21. Nutrition Assessment
IV. Review of Cardiopulmonary Disease
22. Pulmonary Infections
23. Obstructive Lung Disease: COPD, Asthma, and Related Diseases
24. Interstitial Lung Disease
25. Pleural Diseases
26. Pulmonary Vascular Disease
27. Acute Lung Injury, Pulmonary Edema and Multiple System Organ Failure
28. Lung Cancer
29. Neuromuscular and Other Diseases of the Chest Wall
30. Disorders of Sleep
31. Neonatal and Pediatric Respiratory Disorders
V. Basic Therapeutics
32. Airway Pharmacology
33. Airway Management
34. Emergency Cardiovascular Life Support
35. Humidity and Bland Aerosol Therapy
36. Aerosol Drug Therapy
37. Storage and Delivery of Medical Gases
38. Medical Gas Therapy
39. Lung Expansion Therapy
40. Bronchial Hygiene Therapy
VI. Acute and Critical Care
41. Respiratory Failure and the Need for Ventilatory Support
42. Mechanical Ventilators
43. Physiology of Ventilatory Support
44. Initiating and Adjusting Ventilatory Support
45. Noninvasive Positive Pressure Ventilation
46. Monitoring and Management of the Patient in the Intensive Care Unit
47. Discontinuing Ventilatory Support
48. Neonatal and Pediatric Respiratory Care
VII. Preventative and Long-Term Care
49. Patient Education and Health Promotion
50. Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation
51. Respiratory Care in Alternative Settings
Appendix 1: NBRC Matrix Cross Reference
Appendix 2: Temperature Correction of Barometric Reading
Appendix 3: Factors to Convert Gas Volumes from ATPS to STPD
Appendix 4: Factors to Convert Gas Volumes from STPD to BTPS at Given Barometric Pressures
Appendix 5: Table of Normal Values