This comprehensive resource presents readers with a broad range of cases scenarios and problems that develop important critical thinking skills in information gathering and decision-making. Readers are exposed to the real-life ethical dilemmas confronting medical workers in today's more technologically advanced health care environment, including treatment of the terminally ill. Skills covered include a broad range of respiratory care techniques and include the most often performed medical tests. Readers are given the opportunity to review the essential respiratory care practices as well as learn some additional advanced skills. This valuable resource includes not only the important skills and practices required in respiratory care, but also the challenging dilemmas health care workers face on the job.
Preface. Acknowledgments. CHAPTER ONE: Patient Assessment. CHAPTER TWO: Interpreting Orders. CHAPTER THREE: Recommending Treatment. CHAPTER FOUR: Mechanical Ventilation. CHAPTER FIVE: Ventilator Management. CHAPTER SIX: Clinical Situations. CHAPTER SEVEN: Extended Clinical Situations. CHAPTER EIGHT: Exercises. APPENDIX - RATIONALES: Chapter 1. Chapter 2. Chapter 3. Chapter 4. Chapter 5. Chapter 6. Chapter 7. Chapter 8. References.