Basic Respiratory Therapeutics

Course Details

Course Number: RESP3443  Section Number: 101

Fall 2013

Location: Bridwell Hall

Classroom Number: 302/304

Days & Times:

Monday/Tuesday/Thursday 12:30 – 2:10

Course Attachments

Class Schedule  LectureSchedule-20120327-155952.docx


Eganís Fundamentals of Respiratory Care  ISBN: 978-0-323-08203-7

MSU Faculty Member
Patrick Helton   
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Course Objectives

The focus of this lecture course is on the theoretical application of the basic therapeutic techniques used by respiratory care professionals. Topics include airway care, gas therapy, humidity and aerosol therapy, lung expansion therapy, chest physical therapy and patterns of cardiopulmonary dysfunction.

1. The student will be taught the techniques of lung expansion therapy to include: incentive spirometery. PEP devices, intermittent positive pressure breathing and continuous positive airway pressure

2. Bronchial hygiene maneuvers will be reviewed and students will be responsible for displaying knowledge of: manual and mechanical chest physiotherapy, airway clearance techniques to include cough and suctioning.

3. The airway management techniques requisite for respiratory care professionals will presented and demonstrated. Students will demonstrate skill in: oral intubation, tracheostomy care, placement of nasal and oral simple airways.

4. Students will receive instruction in thoracic imaging techniques and can demonstrate competence in simple radiographic image interpretation and can demonstrate knowledge of standard practices relating to imaging commonly used with pulmonary patients.

5. Instruction will be provided in causes and treatment of pulmonary infections, obstructive and interstitial lung diseases.

6. The clinical condition of respiratory failure will be discussed. Students will demonstrate knowledge of the techniques for treatment and causes of respiratory failure.

7. As time permits, students will receive instruction in introductory concepts relating to mechanical ventilation.

Course Expectations

There will be six in-depth lecture examinations. These exams may consist of multiple choice, short answer, definitions, listing, true false, and/or essay. A cumulative final exam will be given. Weekly assignments will be given. GRADED ITEMS AND GRADE DETERMINATION:

Lecture Exams: 70%

Homework: 5%

Cumulative Final Exam: 25%

Final Exam12/9/2013  1230

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

For a missed lecture exam, a 15% grade reduction will be taken for each day after the scheduled exam date. The professor reserves the right to make unscheduled exams essay in nature and considerably more challenging.

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 required. No distinction is made between excused and unexcused absences unless the absence has been cleared through the office of the Dean of Students, Athletic Department or Academic Affairs. If a student misses a lecture, it is the student's responsibility to work with other class members to determine what material was missed. Please refer to the MSU Student Handbook for more information.

Other Policies

In accordance with the law, MSU provides students with documented disabilities academic accommodations. If you are a student with a disability, please contact me. DISABILITY SUPPORT SERVICES CLARK STUDENT CENTER, ROOM 168 PHONE: 397-4140

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.