Basic Clinical Lab Competencies for Respiratory Care / Edition 4

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Overview

This book combines the theoretical knowledge and psychomotor skills required to perform the required to practice the art and science of respiratory care. Other books only present the psychomotor aspects of a skill or procedure (monkey see monkey do). This is the only text that integrates the theory knowledge and the practical skills in one concise manual. By combining both aspects of procedural performance, indications, contraindications, assessment and outcomes may be more thoroughly emphasized. The inclusion of the American Association for Respiratory Care Clinical Practice Guidelines lends credibility to this approach. The clinical practice guidelines emphasize the importance of assessment of need, contraindications, hazards/complications, monitoring and outcomes assessment. Simply providing a "cook book" approach to a skill or procedure negates the importance of the theory required to perform adequate assessment and document outcomes of a given therapeutic intervention.

This book contains predominantly black-and-white illustrations, with some color illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

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This textbook explains theory and operation of respirator equipment routinely used in the hospital setting, with section on patient assessment therapeutics, emergence management, and ventilation. Topics include pulmonary testing, oxygen administration, intravenous lines and new born mechanical ventilation. The fourth edition adds chapters on radiological assessment, bronchial hygiene therapy, chest tubes, and wave form analysis. - SciTech Book News March 2003
Larry D. Coleman
The second edition of this book outlines and describes theory and clinical skills necessary for respiratory care students and new graduates. This includes troubleshooting, equipment, correct operation, and hazards/complications associated with the therapeutic procedures the practitioner will be implementing. The first edition was published in 1988. The stated purpose of this book is to rapidly prepare the respiratory care practitioner to work in the clinical setting in a safe and appropriate manner, and to aid in the retention of theory and integration of theory into clinical practice. This book will aid in the training of respiratory care students, new graduates, and therapists preparing to earn their credentials. Features of the book include a well-organized index and appropriate references, although some are dated. Illustrations are clear and of benefit. Each chapter is well organized with specific areas of interest highlighted in red. This makes it easy to skim through a section and identify a specific topic. The learning objectives preceding each chapter are clearly stated and grouped into categories addressing theory or clinical proficiency. This is a useful format that helps the reader to understand whether the chapter will require cognitive recall of facts or application of knowledge and facts. An additional reference book is not necessary because all pertinent information is included in each chapter. Practice activities are well outlined and easy to follow with step-by-step directions. Each chapter is followed by a self-evaluation and a student performance evaluation that the evaluator will use to assess the practitioner's skills. The self-evaluations are useful but limited bythe fact that the answers are located on the same page as the questions. The section on noninvasive monitoring was brief but to the point. It covered limitations of various types of noninvasive monitors and the hazards associated with each type. A chapter on pharmacology was added, a topic noticeably missing from the first edition. The chapter is comprehensive without wordiness. Drug dosages, actions and side effects are discussed. The chapter on newborn mechanical ventilation is appropriate for students. I did find some of the wording to be somewhat confusing. It would have been beneficial to discuss newborn anatomy and physiology along with an explanation of the different requirements for newborn ventilation versus adult or pediatric mechanical ventilation. In addition, discussion on lung development and surfactant production would be a great benefit. Overall, the book is useful and I would use it during orientation of new employees and the training of students. I also recommend the book be purchased for an individual's library and by bookstores and medical libraries.
From The Critics
Reviewer:Larry D. Coleman, BS, RRT (Rush Medical College of Rush University)
Description:The second edition of this book outlines and describes theory and clinical skills necessary for respiratory care students and new graduates. This includes troubleshooting, equipment, correct operation, and hazards/complications associated with the therapeutic procedures the practitioner will be implementing. The first edition was published in 1988.
Purpose:The stated purpose of this book is to rapidly prepare the respiratory care practitioner to work in the clinical setting in a safe and appropriate manner, and to aid in the retention of theory and integration of theory into clinical practice.
Audience:This book will aid in the training of respiratory care students, new graduates, and therapists preparing to earn their credentials.
Features:Features of the book include a well-organized index and appropriate references, although some are dated. Illustrations are clear and of benefit. Each chapter is well organized with specific areas of interest highlighted in red. This makes it easy to skim through a section and identify a specific topic. The learning objectives preceding each chapter are clearly stated and grouped into categories addressing theory or clinical proficiency. This is a useful format that helps the reader to understand whether the chapter will require cognitive recall of facts or application of knowledge and facts. An additional reference book is not necessary because all pertinent information is included in each chapter. Practice activities are well outlined and easy to follow with step-by-step directions. Eachchapter is followed by a self-evaluation and a student performance evaluation that the evaluator will use to assess the practitioner's skills. The self-evaluations are useful but limited by the fact that the answers are located on the same page as the questions. The section on noninvasive monitoring was brief but to the point. It covered limitations of various types of noninvasive monitors and the hazards associated with each type. A chapter on pharmacology was added, a topic noticeably missing from the first edition. The chapter is comprehensive without wordiness. Drug dosages, actions and side effects are discussed. The chapter on newborn mechanical ventilation is appropriate for students. I did find some of the wording to be somewhat confusing. It would have been beneficial to discuss newborn anatomy and physiology along with an explanation of the different requirements for newborn ventilation versus adult or pediatric mechanical ventilation. In addition, discussion on lung development and surfactant production would be a great benefit.
Assessment:Overall, the book is useful and I would use it during orientation of new employees and the training of students. I also recommend the book be purchased for an individual's library and by bookstores and medical libraries.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780766825321
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 10/17/2002
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 720
  • Product dimensions: 8.84 (w) x 10.16 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

Gary White is the program director of the Respiratory Care Program at Spokane Community College, where he has been teaching since 1992. He previously held the rank of Assistant Professor of Respiratory Care at Weber State University from 1982 to 1992. He holds a master's degree from Weber State University in Education, a bachelor's degree in Biology from the University of Puget Sound, and an associate's degree in Respiratory Therapy from Highline Community College. Gary's avocation is writing. He has authored three text books in respiratory care and is currently working on a manuscript for his fourth title.

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Table of Contents

Section I - Patient Assessment. Chapter 1 - Basics of Asepsis. Chapter 2 - Vital Signs and Breath Sounds. Chapter 3- Advanced Patient Assessment. Chapter 4 - Radiological Assessment Chapter 5- Pulmonary Function Testing. Chapter 6- Electrocardiography. Chapter 7- Phlebotomy. Chapter 8 - Arterial Blood Gas Sampling. Chapter 9 - Hemodynamic Monitoring. Chapter 10 - Noninvasive Monitoring. Chapter 11 - Documentation and Goals Assessment. Section II - Therapeutics. Chapter 12 - Oxygen Supply Systems. Chapter 13 - Oxygen Administration. Chapter 14 - Introduction to Respiratory Care Pharmacology. Chapter 15 - Humidity and Aerosol Therapy. Chapter 16 - Bronchial Hygiene Therapy. Chapter 17 - Hyperinflation Therapy. Chapter 18 - Bronchoscopy Assisting. Chapter 19 - Equipment Processing and Surveillance. Section III - Emergency Management. Chapter 20 - Emergency Airway Management. Chapter 21 - Artificial Airway Care. Chapter 22 - Chest TubesDrainage Systems. Chapter 23 - IV Insertion and Maintenance. Chapter 24 - Intra-Aortic Balloon Pumping. Section IV - Ventilation. Chapter 25 - Noninvasive Positive Pressure Ventilation. Chapter 26 - Continuous Mechanical Ventilation. Chapter 27 - Special Ventilatory Procedures. Chapter 28 - Waveform Analysis. Chapter 29 - Newborn Mechanical Ventilation

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