Foundations of Patient Care

Course Details

Course Number: RESP 3403  Section Number: 01

Summer II 2012

Location: Bridwell Hall

Classroom Number: 302

Days & Times:

MW 9:00 - 1:00

Course Attachments

Approximate Lecture and Exam Schedule  Approximate lecture schedule-20120601-135821.pdf


MSU Faculty Member
Ann Medford   
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Course Objectives



  • Define respiratory care and state the respiratory therapists role in health care.
  • Discuss the role of the AARC and the NBRC in the profession of respiratory therapy.
  • Briefly discuss the importance of the following in medicine and in respiratory care:  Joseph Priestley, Karl von Linde, Joseph Black, Hippocrates, Aristotle, Drinker and Emerson,
  • State five key elements of  respiratory care protocols
  • List and describe four essential components of disease management.
  • Define and provide an example of evidence-based medicine.
  • Demonstrate good body mechanics and posture for moving patients.
  • Describe how communication can affect patient care.
  • Provide an example of proper medical recording.
  • Describe equipment-handling procedures to help prevent the spread of infection.
  • List the three major routes for transmission of pathogens in the hospital setting.
  • Name the four conditions that must be met before the tort of negligence is considered a valid claim.
  • Discuss the primary guiding principles in contemporary ethical decision making.
  • Describe computer applications in respiratory care.
  • Conduct a literature search using the PubMed search engine.
  • Describe classes of drugs delivered through the aerosol route.
  • State the mode of action, dosage and side effects for specific bronchodilators.

Course Expectations


The focus of this lecture course is to introduce basic principles of patient care to the respiratory care student.  Many of these principles apply to other health care disciplines.  Topics include health care systems, patient and health provider safety, medical records, charting, ethical and legal implications, and components of a patient history and physical examination.

Grading Standards




Lecture Exams:                                                 65%

Quizzes:                                                            10%

Cumulative Final Exam:                                     25%









F=below 69


A minimum grade of 75 (C) is required in all respiratory courses.  Failure to attain a minimum grade of C in these courses will prevent the student from progressing in the program.  A student who fails to achieve a grade of C in any respiratory care course may repeat the course one time.  Any student who fails to achieve a grade of C in any two respiratory care courses will be dismissed and not eligible for re-admission. 





The professor reserves the right to make unscheduled exams essay in nature and considerably more challenging.  There will be no make up for quizzes but you will be allowed to drop one quiz.





There will be four in-depth lecture examinations.  These exams may consist of multiple choice, short answer, definitions, listing, true false, and/or essay.  You will be given up to 60 minutes for each examination with lecture to follow.

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.

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.

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.