Darton State College Catalog 2014-2015 - page 400

1100 Introduction to Respiratory Care
This course introduces students to the Respiratory Care profession and the skills
needed to become a Respiratory Therapist. Topics will include the history of the
Respiratory Care profession, and a discussion of the future of Respiratory Care.
A description of the organlization of a hospital Respiratory Care department and
an overview of common modalities and specialized areas of Respiratory Care
including an introduciton to Therapist driven protocols and clinical practice
guidelines. A discussion of job opportunities and areas for advancement within
the profession. An overview of legal and ethical issues impacting health care,
and particularly Respiratory Care, in today’s Health Care environment. Universal
precautions and OSHA blood and body fluids precautions will be presented. The
functions of the NBRC, AARC, CoARC and the Georgia Medical Board will be
examined and the credentialing and licensing processes outlined.
Corequisite: RESP 1111, RESP 1131, RESP 1133, RESP1134.
Prerequisite: Completion of all Learning Support requirements.
Offered: Fall Semester Sophomore Year.
1111 Fundamentals of Respiratory Care
This course introduces the principles and practices of Non Critical Respiratory
Care. The course will emphasize the use of Therapist Driven Protocols and
Clinical Practice Guidelines. Basic Respiratory Care skills in modalities such as
oxygen, humidity, bland aerosol, medicated aerosol, passive hyperinflation, chest
physiotherapy, postural drainage, airway clearance therapies, arterial blood
gases and bedside pulmonary function studies will be developed. Emphasis will
be placed on setting up, using and troubleshooting equipment, and on the
physical and physiologic principles of gas exchange, ventilation, acid/base
balance and gas laws. To progress to RESP 2201, each student will be required
to successfully complete and pass a Lab competency exam. Basic math
competency is required. Students may be required to demonstrate proficiency in
basic math skills for progression in the program, A passing score of “C: or better
is required for progression in the program. The American Heart Association Basic
Life Support course will be included in this course.
Corequisite: RESP 1100, RESP 1131, RESP 1133, RESP1134.
Prerequisites: Admission into Respiratory Care Program.
Offered: Fall Semester Sophomore Year.
1131 Patient Assessment & Protocols
This course introduces the concepts and techniques of patient assessment
through inspection, palpation, percussion, and auscultation. The student will
demonstrate proficiency in patient physical examination, and taking a complete
patient medical history. Principles of barrier protection for blood and body fluid
exposures, and isolation precautions will be emphasized. Basic chest x-ray
interpretation, basic ECG monitoring, basic laboratory values such as CBC,
electrolytes, and basic microbiology are presented. Assessment of critically ill
patients is introduced. Each student will be required to successfully complete a
Lab competency examination.
Corequisite: RESP 1100, RESP 1111, RESP 1133, RESP 1134.
Prerequisites: Admission into the Respiratory Care Program.
Offered: Fall Semester Sophomore Year.
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