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Respiratory students and therapists can learn the latest in respiratory care for newborns and children from this updated book. Readers will study fetal development of the cardiopulmonary system, then learn respiratory care of neonatal and pediatric patients, as well as causes and care of respiratory illnesses. A section devoted to ventilation and oxygenation includes information on both conventional and special techniques. Even topics such as care of parents and home care are discussed in detail. Ten clinical case studies supplement the main text.
Key features:
¨ Corresponds with the new NBRC content outline for the perinatal/pediatric specialty exam
¨ New section on specialty medical gases
¨ Practice questions, laboratory exercises, and checklists now located in the book to improve understanding
¨ Information on conventional and non-conventional ventilators
¨ Ten clinical case studies support application of content from the main text.
(KEYWORDS: respiratory care, respiratory therapy, respiratory therapists, pediatric, perinatal, child respiratory care)

This updated textbook offers a detailed discussion of respiratory care for the newborn and child. It begins with a comprehensive presentation of fetal development of the cardiopulmonary system. Subsequent units cover respiratory care of neonatal and pediatric patients, as well as causes and care of respiratory illnesses. A section devoted to ventilation and oxygenation includes information on new equipment. Important topics such as the care of parents and home care, as well as ten clinical case studies, supplement the main text. Key Features include multiple illustrations to aid learning; practice questions to improve understanding; updated information on new equipment; and field research. Also included are ten clinical case studies.

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Editorial Reviews

Whitaker (physician assistant program, Idaho State University) covers the latest material in respiratory care for newborns and children. The book begins with a study of the cardiopulmonary system during fetal development, then discusses the respiratory care of neonatal and pediatric patients, as well as causes and care of respiratory illnesses. New ventilators and monitors are discussed. And, special procedures and non-conventional ventilatory techniques are described. These include liquid ventilation, surfactant replacement therapy, and high frequency ventilation. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780766813731
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 2/14/2001
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 832
  • Sales rank: 792,519
  • Product dimensions: 7.48 (w) x 9.19 (h) x 1.21 (d)

Meet the Author

Kent Whitaker is an assistant professor at Idaho State University in the Physician Assistant Program. He was formerly an instructor of Respiratory Therapy at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. Mr. Whitaker is a certified Physician's Assistant and holds a Masters in Education degree.

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Table of Contents

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Unit 1 Development and Care of the Fetus: Conception to Birth 1
Ch. 1 Embryological Development of the Cardiopulmonary System 3
Ch. 2 Assessment of Fetal Growth and Development 30
Ch. 3 Labor, Delivery, and Physiological Changes After Birth 53
Unit 2 Care of the Neonatal and Pediatric Patient 75
Ch. 4 Techniques of Resuscitation and Stabilization 77
Ch. 5 Assessment of the Neonatal and Pediatric Patient 111
Ch. 6 Respiratory Care Procedures 147
Ch. 7 General Considerations of Continuing Care 188
Ch. 8 Pharmacology in Neonatal and Pediatric Respiratory Care 222
Ch. 9 Assessment of Oxygenation and Ventilation 259
Unit 3 Causes and Care of Illness in Perinatal and Pediatric Patients 291
Ch. 10 Perinatal Lung Disease and Other Problems of Prematurity 293
Ch. 11 Causes of Persistent Perinatal Illness 335
Ch. 12 Pediatric Diseases Requiring Respiratory Care 362
Ch. 13 Interpretation of Chest X-Rays 408
Unit 4 Management of Ventilation and Oxygenation 445
Ch. 14 Concepts of Mechanical Ventilation 447
Ch. 15 Management of the Patient-Ventilator System 474
Ch. 16 Common Ventilators and Monitors 512
Ch. 17 Special Procedures and Ventilatory Techniques 557
Unit 5 Transport, Home Care, and Care of the Parents 577
Ch. 18 Perinatal Transport 579
Ch. 19 Home Care 598
Ch. 20 Care of the Parents 622
Ch. 21 Clinical Case Studies 635
App. A 657
App. B 741
App. C 784
App. D 785
App. E 786
App. F 787
App. G 788
App. H 789
App. I 790
Glossary 791
Index 805
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2009

    Peds respiratory

    A good read for the respiratorty stundent but the chapter questions are not as clear cut as i would like plus there is not answer key to check and make sure you have the right answers.

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