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A leader in respiratory care education for more than 35 years, this comprehensive textbook lays a strong foundation for a successful career. You'll gain a thorough understanding of the role of respiratory therapists (RTs), a scientific basis for treatment, and clinical applications. In-depth discussions progress from the principles of respiratory care to applied anatomy and physiology, assessment, discussion of specific respiratory illnesses, basic therapy, acute and critical care, and preventive and long-term care. Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPGs) and Therapist Driven Protocols (TDPs) in appropriate chapters familiarize you with patient care guidelines and decision trees as they are used in practice.

• A full-color format makes the text easier to read and brings out key detail in the illustrations.
• Mini-Clinis provide short vignettes applying content in the text to actual patient care, asking you to think critically on problems you may encounter.
• Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPGs) cover the steps of patient care with important information on indications/contraindications, hazards and complications, assessment of need, assessment of outcome, and monitoring.
• Therapist-Driven Protocols (TDPs) provide decision trees developed by hospitals, helping you to assess patients, initiate care, and evaluate outcomes.
• Rules of Thumb highlights rules, formulas, and key points important to clinical practice.
• Measurable Learning Objectives parallel the areas tested by the NBRC exam, helping you identify important information that goes beyond memorization and recall.
• Key Point summaries in bulleted format help you clearly identify key concepts covered in each chapter.
• A Workbook includes a wide range of activities such as NBRC-type multiple-choice questions, case studies, experiments, and hands-on activities, allowing you to apply the knowledge you've gained from the text.

• New History of Respiratory Care chapter describes the evolution and challenges of this profession.
• Updated content reflects changes in the field, with additions to the text including:

• More coverage of evidence-based care
• Information on HIPAA
• A discussion of computer applications in a health care setting
• An emphasis on how nutrition impacts the respiratory system

• The role of the respiratory therapist in disease management is discussed in the Cardiopulmonary Diseases section.
• A new appendix cross-references the NBRC examination matrices for the CRT and RRT to content in the book, making it easier to prepare for the NBRC exams.
• New editor Robert Kacmarek, a well-known figure in respiratory care, has joined Robert Wilkins and James Stoller.

Follows the text to reinforce major concepts and ensure optimum learning of respiratory principles. Clearly written and organized to keep students' attention and increase learning. Questions, review and highlights incorporate the three areas tested on the NBRC exam - recall, analysis, and application - to help students identify important information that goes beyond memorization and recall. Activities include: Vocabulary review - matching, fill-in-the-blank exercises, and crossword puzzles. Reviews of chapter objectives check understanding of primary concepts. Chapter highlights review key points from each chapter of EGAN'S FUNDAMENTALS OF RESPIRATORY CARE. Case studies apply the knowledge gained to real-life scenarios. Review questions and NBRC discussion allow practice with questions styled after those on the NBRC exams and learn what to expect on the board exams. Food for thought - critical thinking questions move beyond recall and apply concepts to the world

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"The Egan's manual for respiratory therapy is the most beneficial learning tool and reference manual that I have come across in all of my career. The information in this book is not only easy to understand but layed out in a manner that makes finding what you need an easy task. It gives a thorough review of all the important clinical data and physical characteristics needed to become a competent practitioner... I would recommend this book as a reference tool to any student pursuing a career as a nurse, respiratory therapist, or physician. While this book may apply specific emphasis to the respiratory related field, it will reinforce your nursing or medicinal background by examining disease processes from a cardiopulmonary standpoint. This book has been a valuable learning tool and greatly aided me in both respiratory and nursing related classes." - Christopher R. Thomas, United States ( reviewer)

"This book is simply THE BEST RESPIRATORY PRACTICE BOOK out there... I STRONGLY RECOMMEND IT." - Anonymous User, Brooklyn, NY ( reviewer)

"Egan's is the most comprehensive textbook regarding Respiratory Care. Every respiratory therapist should have a copy of this book. The most important book they will ever own... especially for students." - Adam Spartz, Cbus ( reviewer)

"This book is great because it incorporates the AARC guidelines and it discusses not only how therapies work but how to instruct patients as well as hazards. This book can take the place of having to buy 3 separate respiratory books." - Lisa Nowaczyk, Chicago, IL ( reviewer)

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Reviewer: Steven K. Hamick, BIS, RCP, RRT (William Beaumont Hospitals)
Description: In its 40th year, the revised ninth edition of this book is considered by many to be the authoritative text in the field of respiratory care. Last updated in 2003, this edition continues the tradition of defining the profession of respiratory care by providing the requisite information for students and serving as a valued resource for practitioners.
Purpose: This book provides the education foundation for respiratory therapy students in training, yet serves as a treasured reference for practitioners.
Audience: It is uniquely written for both respiratory care students and practitioners. The authors, unquestionably, are experts in their fields of expertise.
Features: This edition contains an unprecedented 51 chapters in seven sections. Each chapter begins with objectives, an outline, and key terms and ends with references. Four-color images, tables, "Rule of Thumb" notations, "Mini Clini" case studies, and key points reinforce learning concepts throughout the book. Four appendixes covering temperature corrections, STPD to BTPS and STPS to STPD conversions, normal values for vitals, blood gas parameters, hematology, blood chemistry, hemodynamics, and pulmonary function are supplemented by additional information (common medical abbreviations, equations, etc.) on the inside covers. The book ends with an excellent glossary and index.
Assessment: More than just a textbook for students, this ninth edition defines the standards of practice in respiratory care and serves as an invaluable resource, particularly for hospital-based practitioners. Given the continuous advances in medicine and their impact on respiratory care, it is hoped the authors will continue to revise this book to educate and reinforce practice standards.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780323018135
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 6/25/2003
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 1408
  • Product dimensions: 8.72 (w) x 11.16 (h) x 2.01 (d)

Meet the Author

James K. Stoller, MD, MS
Jean Wall Bennett Professor of Medicine, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine
Chair, Education Institute
Head, Cleveland Clinic Respiratory Therapy
Desk NA 22
Cleveland Clinic
9500 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44195
Office: (216) 444-1960
Fax: (216) 445-8160

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Table of Contents

Sect. I Foundations of Respiratory Care 1
1 Quality and Evidence-Based Respiratory Care 3
2 Patient Safety, Communication, and Recordkeeping 21
3 Principles of Infection Control 41
4 Ethical and Legal Implications of Practice 69
5 Physical Principles of Respiratory Care 85
6 Computer Applications in Respiratory Care 113
Sect. II Applied Anatomy and Physiology 135
7 The Respiratory System 137
8 The Cardiovascular System 187
9 Ventilation 207
10 Gas Exchange and Transport 229
11 Solutions, Body Fluids, and Electrolytes 255
12 Acid-Base Balance 271
13 Regulation of Breathing 297
Sect. III Assessment of Respiratory Disorders 307
14 Bedside Assessment of the Patient 309
15 Electrocardiogram and Laboratory Test Assessment 335
16 Analysis and Monitoring of Gas Exchange 355
17 Pulmonary Function Testing 391
18 A Synopsis of Thoracic Imaging 427
Sect. IV Synopsis of Cardiopulmonary Disease 449
19 Pulmonary Infections 451
20 Obstructive Lung Disease: COPD, Asthma, and Related Diseases 469
21 Interstitial Lung Disease 491
22 Pleural Diseases 503
23 Pulmonary Vascular Disease 521
24 Acute Lung Injury, Pulmonary Edema, and Multiple System Organ Failure 537
25 Lung Neoplasms 557
26 Neuromuscular and Other Diseases of the Chest Wall 571
27 Disorders of Sleep 587
28 Neonatal and Pediatric Respiratory Disorders 605
Sect. V Basic Therapeutics 625
29 Airway Pharmacology 627
30 Airway Management 653
31 Emergency Life Support 705
32 Humidity and Bland Aerosol Therapy 737
33 Aerosol Drug Therapy 761
34 Storage and Delivery of Medical Gases 801
35 Medical Gas Therapy 827
36 Lung Expansion Therapy 863
37 Bronchial Hygiene Therapy 883
Sect. VI Acute and Critical Care 911
38 Respiratory Failure and the Need for Ventilatory Support 913
39 Mechanical Ventilators 929
40 Physiology of Ventilatory Support 963
41 Initiating and Adjusting Ventilatory Support 1003
42 Noninvasive Positive Pressure Ventilation 1059
43 Monitoring and Management of the Patient in the Intensive Care Unit 1081
44 Discontinuing Ventilatory Support 1121
45 Neonatal and Pediatric Respiratory Care 1155
Sect. VII Preventative and Long-Term Care 1189
46 Patient Education and Health Promotion 1191
47 Nutritional Aspects of Health and Disease 1201
48 Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation 1225
49 Respiratory Care in Alternative Settings 1247
App. 1 Temperature Correction of Barometric Reading 1287
App. 2 Factors to Convert Gas Volumes From ATPS to STPD 1288
App. 3 Factors to Convert Gas Volumes From STPD to BTPS at Given Barometric Pressures 1289
App. 4 Table of Normal Values 1290
Glossary 1293
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2003


    This book is amazing, I own the previous edition and this one is so much better. The new design is much easier to deal with. Now that this book has colors it is a little more interesting to read. Oh, GREAT PICTURES

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