NVCC COLLEGE-WIDE COURSE CONTENT SUMMARY
RTH 225 NEONATAL AND PEDIATRIC RESPIRATORY PROCEDURES (3 CR.)

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Focuses on the cardiopulmonary, physiology, pathology and application of therapeutic procedures in the management of the newborn and pediatric patient. Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 5 hours per week.

GENERAL COURSE PURPOSE

This course is designed as an overview of neonatal and pediatric physiology and pathophysiology. This course will also familiarize the student with basic respiratory care techniques used with the compromised infant.

ENTRY LEVEL COMPETENCIES

Students must have mastered advanced instrumentation, with emphasis on mechanical ventilation. The course prerequisite is RTH 223 "Cardiopulmonary Science III" or permission of the program head.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

A. describe normal fetal and neonatal development of the cardiopulmonary system

B. describe various methods of fetal, neonatal and pediatric patient assessment

C. describe the pathophysiology and treatment of surgical lesions

D. describe the pathophysiology and treatment of congenital heart diseases

E. describe the pathophysiology and treatment of neonatal parenchymal diseases

F. describe the basic principles and techniques of ventilator management of the neonate and child

MAJOR TOPICS TO BE INCLUDED
A. Overview of embryology

B. Fetal and neonatal pulmonary structure and function

C. Physical assessment

D. Congenital abnormalities of the respiratory tract

E. Cardiac abnormalities

F. Pulmonary diseases

G. Therapeutic techniques including ventilatory management

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