RC 255   Cardiopulmonary Critical Care II* (5 Hours)

Prerequisites : Admission to the Respiratory Care Program and RC 136 with a grade of "C" or higher and RC 140 with a grade of "C" or higher and RC 145 with a grade of "C" or higher and RC 146 with a grade of "C" or higher.

Corequisites: RC 271.

The student will refine knowledge and skills in the critical care setting. Emphasis will be on management of the ventilator-patient system. Topics will include: physical examination of the mechanically ventilated patient, ventilator graphics, troubleshooting the ventilator-patient system, ventilator adjustments to achieve optimal oxygenation and ventilation, disease specific ventilator management, non-conventional modes of mechanical ventilation, and pediatric mechanical ventilation.

Respiratory Care, AAS


The respiratory therapist is involved in a variety of lifesaving and life-supporting situations. Respiratory therapists treat patients ranging in age from newborns to senior citizens in the prevention, treatment, management and rehabilitation of lung problems. Employment is typically in hospitals but is available in several other health delivery venues. The health care needs of an aging population will play a role in the future of respiratory care.