COLLEGE-WIDE COURSE CONTENT SUMMARY
RTH 236 – CRITICAL
CARE MONITORING (3 CR.)
Focuses on techniques
and theory necessary for the evaluation and treatment of the critical care
patient. Explores physiologic effects of advanced mechanical ventilation.
Lecture 2 hours per week. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 5 hours per week.
GENERAL COURSE PURPOSE
The primary focus of
the course is to prepare the student to use advanced monitoring and mechanical
ventilation techniques and to evaluate and integrate the data into the
patient care plan.
ENTRY LEVEL COMPETENCIES
The course prerequisite
is completion of all first and second semester required courses or permission
of the program head.
Upon completion of
this course, the student will be able to:
MAJOR TOPICSTO BE INCLUDED
demonstrate the ability
to perform various aspects of general patient assessment
describe the assessment
of oxygenation, ventilation and pulmonary mechanics and the application
of the values obtained in bedside decision-making
interpret common flow,
volume, and pressure waveforms seen during mechanical ventilation
describe and implement
advanced techniques of mechanical ventilation.
Arterial and venous blood
Indices of oxygenation
Pulse oximetry, capnography
and transcutaneous monitoring
Basic and advanced pulmonary
mechanics during mechanical ventilation
Advanced ventilatory techniques
including pressure control, pressure support, volume support, volume-assured
pressure support, bilevel pressure assist, proportional assist ventilation,
airway pressure release ventilation, and pressure regulated volume control