Adult Critical Care

Course Details

Course Number: 3543  Spring 2011

Location: Bridwell Hall

Classroom Number: 302

Days & Times:

MTTR 8:00-950

Course Attachments


MSU Faculty Member
Patrick Helton   
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Course Objectives


The focus of this lecture course is a thorough review of ventilatory support techniques.  Emphasis is placed on adult applications; however some neonatal and pediatric support techniques are covered.  Topics include etiology of respiratory failure, physical implications of positive pressure ventilation, methods of providing support, prescribing machine settings and managing the patient-ventilator system, hemodynamic and gas exchange monitoring, weaning techniques and non-invasive applications.

Course Expectations



During the semester there will be in-depth exams covering the specified material. Examinations may consist of true/false, multiple choice, short answer or essay questions.



Each chapter will have a homework assignment.  These will typically be definitions and short answer questions.  The assignment is due on the day of each unit exam.  Homework may be found on the web-site.



Students will complete a project to present to the class dealing with specific problems in mechanical ventilation.  Details on a separate sheet.


ARDS, Asthma, Neuromuscular disease, Emphysema, Pulmonary embolism, Trauma,  Pneumonia, Kyphoscoliosis



The final will be a comprehensive examination consisting of any combination of true/false, multiple choice, short answer or essay questions.  Finals are May 9 - 13, 2011.

Grading Standards


             Lecture Examinations                50%


            Classroom assignments        10%

            Clinical Applications                  20%


            Final Examination                      20%

Final Exam5/9/2011  0800

Submission Format PolicyNote: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy


Anything not completed and handed in on time will be subjected to a 10% per day penalty (weekends and holidays excluded). 

Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements


Regular class attendance is expected, however it is not used for grading purposes. Attendance may be taken and used only for academic counseling purposes (if you miss a lot and do poorly on exams).  There is a direct correlation between grades and class participation.  Students who attend class regularly typically do better than those who are absent.  Although the syllabus includes an approximate calendar, changes occur during the year.  If changes are made it is the student’s responsibility to get the changes from fellow students.  It is also the student’s responsibility to find out what was missed and to makeup the material.

Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.