This course will provide an understanding of the cause and effect of mechanical ventilation and the effect of ventilation on the lung as an organ and the imposed effect on the cardiac system. Students will be expected to utilize critical thinking skills in the completion of assigned case studies. Course content and discussions will encompass an overview of the pulmonary and cardiac anatomy; concepts regarding ventilation, resistance, and compliance; the impact of positive end expiratory pressure; dead space; alveolar stress; ventilator-induced lung injury; transpulmonary and transesophageal pressures; cellular anatomy, respiration, and metabolism; evaluation of the pulmonary spirogram; and indirect calorimetry. Prerequisite: Admission into the Respiratory Therapy program.
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