Introduction to Respiratory Care

Respiratory Care is a field of medicine involving medical theory, nursing theory and didactic structure to improve the quality and quantity of life for those affected by cardiac and respiratory disease.

Overview of the ProfessionEdit

Examination of the PatientEdit

  • Complaints
  • Impression
  • Lung Exam
  • Cardiac Exam
  • Extremity Exam

Cardio-Pulmonary anatomy and physiologyEdit

  • Cardiac Anatomy and Physiology
  • Pulmonary Anatomy and Physiology
  • Pediatric Cardiac Anatomy and Physiology
  • Pediatric Pulmonary Anatomy and Physiology

Respiratory DiseaseEdit

Cardiac and pulmonary pharmacologyEdit

ProceduresEdit

  • Endotracheal intubation
  • Noninvasive mechanical ventilation
  • Negative pressure ventilation
  • BPAP and CPAP
  • Nasal positive pressure ventilation
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Bronchoalveolar lavage
  • Needle biopsy
  • Transbronchial biopsies
  • Endobronchial biopsies
  • Protected brush biopsies
  • Bronchogram
  • Fluoroscopy
  • Tomograms
  • CT (including high resolution techniques)
  • Pulmonary function studies
  • Transdiaphragmatic pressures
  • Phrenic nerve studies
  • Exercise testing
  • Lung scan
  • Pulmonary arteriography
  • Tube thoracostomy
  • Pleural sclerosis
  • Pleural biopsy
  • Surgical biopsy
  • Thoracoscopy
  • Thoracotomy
  • Mediastinoscopy
  • Tracheotomy

InterpretationEdit

  • Chest x-ray
  • Chest CT
  • Pulmonary function testing
  • Spirometry
  • Flow volume measurement (restriction, hyperinflation)
  • Diffusion capacity
  • Muscle pressures
  • Arterial blood gases
  • Pleural fluid analysis
  • Cell count and differential
  • Cytology
  • Chemistries
  • Gram stain
  • Cultures
  • Pleural biopsy
  • Sputum analysis
  • ACE
  • Skin testing
  • Sweat Chloride
Last modified on 18 March 2012, at 22:33