Basic Clinical Lab Competencies for Respiratory Care: An Integrated Approach / Edition 5

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A long time favorite, the fifth edition of BASIC CLINICAL LAB COMPETENCIES FOR RESPIRATORY CARE: AN INTEGRATED APPROACH continues to bring classroom theory to life at the bedside. Known for its integration of theoretical knowledge and practical skills, this book emphasizes the importance of assessment of need, contraindications, hazards/complications, monitoring, and outcomes assessment in respiratory care. Concise, direct, and easy to understand, this fifth edition has been updated to reflect recent advances in the field in order to ensure that readers have the knowledge and skills needed to practice the art and the science of respiratory care.

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

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Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Steven K. Hamick, BIS, RCP, RRT (William Beaumont Hospitals)
Description: This is an update of a popular classic last published in October 2002. Not a laboratory manual in the traditional sense, this book integrates theory and psychomotor skills with an emphasis on the American Association of Respiratory Care's clinical practice guidelines.
Purpose: This manual is designed to provide a concise, integrated approach to laboratory and clinical instruction that will help respiratory care students become proficient in the necessary skills, with an emphasis on patient safety relevant for the clinical setting.
Audience: Although the intended audience is respiratory care students, this book would be an excellent tool for respiratory care departments in updating/creating new hire orientation and annual remedial competencies.
Features: The manual is divided into four sections covering patient assessment, therapeutics, emergency management, and ventilation. All chapters have been updated to reflect current standards of practice, the neonatal/pediatric section has been completely rewritten, and a new chapter has been added on high frequency oscillatory ventilation. Each chapter begins with an introduction followed by key terms and theory objectives. New key terms are highlighted in green. Each chapter ends with a list of references, practice activities, a checklist of the procedure, a self-evaluation post-test, and the performance evaluation check-off itself which includes student and instructor signatures. There are numerous drawings, images, tables, and proficiency objectives throughout the book.
Assessment: This is an outstanding lab manual for respiratory care students and would be an excellent resource for all respiratory care departments.
From the Publisher
The best feature of this text is the competency evaluations. They are simple and straightforward.Mary Rose Wiesner, Mt. San Antonio College
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.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781435453654
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/17/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 800
  • Sales rank: 585,708
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 1.10 (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

List of Performance Evaluations. Preface. Introduction to the Text. Acknowledgments. List of Contributors. Section I: PATIENT ASSESSMENT. 1. Basics of Asepsis 2. Basic Patient Assessment: Vital Signs and Breath Sounds. 3. Advanced Patient Assessment: Inspection, Palpation, and Percussion. 4. Radiologic Assessment. 5. Pulmonary Function Testing. 6. Electrocardiography. 7. Phlebotomy. 8. Arterial Blood Gas Sampling. 9. Hemodynamic Monitoring. 10. Noninvasive Monitoring. Section II: THERAPEUTICS. 11. Documentation and Goals Assessment. 12. Oxygen Supply Systems. 13. Oxygen Administration. 14. Introduction to Respiratory Care Pharmacology. 15. Humidity and Aerosol Therapy. 16. Bronchial Hygiene Therapy. 17. Hyperinflation Therapy. 18. Bronchoscopy Assisting. 19. Equipment Processing and Surveillance. Section III: EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT. 20. Emergency Airway Management. 21. Artificial Airway Care. 22. Chest Tubes. 23. Insertion and Maintenance of Intravenous Lines. Section IV: VENTILATION. 24. Noninvasive Positive-Pressure Ventilation. 25. Continuous Mechanical Ventilation. 26. Advanced Modes of Mechanical Ventilation. 27. Wave Form Analysis. 28. Weaning and Discontinuance of Mechanical Ventilation. 29. Neonatal Mechanical Ventilation. Appendix. Answers to Self Evaluation Post Tests. Glossary. Index.

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    Posted September 22, 2012

    Highly recommended read. Easy to read.

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