Therapeutic Procedures and Equipment

Course Details

Course Number: RESP3512  Section Number: 101

Fall 2013

Location: Bridwell Hall

Classroom Number: BH 302/305

Days & Times:

W: 8:00-8:50 Lecture W: 9:00-12:50 Laboratory

Course Attachments

Class Schedule


Basic Lab Competencies for Respiratory Care  ISBN: 978-1-4354-5365-4

MSU Faculty Member
Patrick Helton   
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Course Objectives

Combined lecture and laboratory class focusing on secretion removal, hyperinflation and an introduction to ventilatory support. Emphasis is placed on correct set-up and application of equipment and procedures. Topics include humidity and aerosol therapy, cough techniques, incentive spirometry bedside pulmonary function testing, percussion and postural drainage, IPPB, manual resuscitation, arterial punctures and venous access.


1. Students will perform successfully the techniques of aerosolized medication set-up and delivery.

2. Students can explain and successfully demonstrate hyperinflation therapy techniques to include: PEP devices, incentive spirometry, and intermittent positive pressure breathing

3. The respiratory care student will properly perform the manual and mechanical techniques relating to bronchial hygiene therapy. The techniques of chest physiotherapy, flutter devices and assisted cough will be performed.

4. The student will set-up and perform airway clearance techniques using a variety of suction catheters.

5. Students will set-up equipment and successfully orally intubate an airway manikin.

6. The respiratory care student will demonstrate the techniques of airway care to include: tracheostomy care, tracheostomy change-out, endotracheal tube stabilization and maintenance.

7. Students will be proficient in identifying normal and abnormal features relating to a chest radiograph.

8. Students can obtain a clear and readable 12 lead electrocardiograph tracing in the lab on a volunteer patient.

9. The respiratory care student can perform the proper steps and obtain arterial specimens from arterial lines and practice arms.

10. Students can explain basic concepts relating to positive pressure ventilation and demonstrate competence in the application of a non-invasive mechanical ventilator.

Course Expectations

QUIZZES: There will be approximately 4 quizzes. They will be taken from the reading material in the laboratory manual. They will be given from 8:00 –8:15 only and will be short scantron exams. Remember that there will be no make-up quizzes. LABORATORY COMPETENCIES/CHECK-OFFS: For each of the chapters in the Laboratory Exercises text you will be required to perform the competencies described in each chapter. The competencies will be practiced in lab with an instructor before the student will be signed off on the competency on a formal competency assessment day. All assigned competencies must be successfully completed by the student in order to complete the course. FINAL EXAMINATION: The final examinations will be comprehensive and performance - based Laboratory Midterm: 30% Attendance 10% Quizzes: 20% Cumulative Final Exam: 40%

Final Exam12/11/2013  0900

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 15% per day penalty (weekends included). No exceptions! There are no make-ups for quizzes.

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Attendance Requirements

Class attendance and participation is essential. Daily attendance records will be kept. Greater than two absences from the lab may constitute grounds for dismissal from the course. Make-up for any time that is missed from lab is the responsibility of the student. Prior absence approval may be granted as deemed necessary by the professor.

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