This course studies pharmacological principles and practices of respiratory care drugs with emphasis on classification, routes of administration, dosages/calculations, and interaction of the autonomic nervous system. The student explains the mode of action, clinical indications, dosages, hazards, and side effects of adrenergics, anticholinergics, xanthines, mucolytics, wetting agents, steroids, antiasthmatic agents, and decongestants; understands the clinical applications of anti-infectives (including vaccines, surfactants, skeletal muscle relaxants, sedative/hypnotics, analgesics, anticoagulants, thrombolytics, specific cardiovascular agents, and diuretics); explain the concept of conscious sedation; understand the general principles of pharmacology; and identify and define abbreviations and symbols used in respiratory care drug therapy.
School of Nursing and Health Professions
Respiratory Therapy (RSP)
4 hours of lecture per week