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.
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.
TAKE-HOME ASSIGNMENTS (HOMEWORK)
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.
Lecture Examinations 50%
Classroom assignments 10%
Clinical Applications 20%
Final Examination 20%
Anything not completed and handed in on time will be subjected to a 10% per day penalty (weekends and holidays excluded).
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.