This course will provide the student with general pharmacology concepts and principles in the management of client care. The knowledge and skills required for safe, effective administration of therapeutic drugs and indications and contraindications associated with drug therapy are an integral part of this course. This course introduces essential and advanced concepts of pharmacology as related to Respiratory Care. Drugs related to both maintenance and emergency care will be emphasized. Anatomy and physiology of body systems as related to drug therapy will be an integral part of this course. Various problematic states related to cardiopulmonary illness with an emphasis on drug therapy will be discussed. Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) standards of drug practice will be included.
Prerequisite: Admission to the RESC-AS program.