NVCC COLLEGE-WIDE COURSE CONTENT SUMMARY
RTH 236 CRITICAL CARE MONITORING (3 CR.)

COURSE DESCRIPTION

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.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

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

    1. demonstrate the ability to perform various aspects of general patient assessment
    2. describe the assessment of oxygenation, ventilation and pulmonary mechanics and the application of the values obtained in bedside decision-making
    3. interpret common flow, volume, and pressure waveforms seen during mechanical ventilation
    4. describe and implement advanced techniques of mechanical ventilation.
MAJOR TOPICSTO BE INCLUDED
    1. Arterial and venous blood gas interpretation
    2. Indices of oxygenation and ventilation
    3. Pulse oximetry, capnography and transcutaneous monitoring
    4. Basic and advanced pulmonary mechanics during mechanical ventilation
    5. 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
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