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RSPT 1085 - Respiratory Therapy Procedures 1

Credit Hours: 5.00

Prerequisites: Admission into the Respiratory Therapy Program; BIOL 2710 , and BIOL 2730  or BIOL 2400  all with grade C or better

Corequisites: RSPT 1050  and RSPT 1060  

(replaces RSPT 1081 and RSPT 1090)

RSPT 1085 introduces the patient care process. Topics include patient assessment, cardiopulmonary diagnostics and monitoring techniques, infection control and safety, and protocols and documentation used in the practice of respiratory therapy. Students develop psychomotor skills in respiratory therapy procedures.

Billable Contact Hours: 6

When Offered: Fall semester only

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Outcome 1: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to develop a patient care plan.


  1. List the common sections of a patient chart and explain the components of each.
  2. Describe the components of the Respiratory Care Practitioner (RCP) patient interview.
  3. List the categories of a patient “system” assessment done by a Respiratory Therapist (RT).
  4. Perform the essential steps for Respiratory Care procedures.
  5. Demonstrate how to obtain vital signs.
  6. Demonstrate proper technique for auscultation, palpation and percussion.
  7. List the four critical life functions and describe how they are assessed and corrected.
  8. List and describe the six primary symptoms of pulmonary disease and give some examples of abnormalities in lung function associated with these common pulmonary symptoms.

Outcome 2: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to explain and demonstrate the proper use of cardiopulmonary diagnostic devices and interpret the data provided.


  1. Describe the indications for, demonstrate the ability to set up, maintain, and interpret the data from basic respiratory therapy noninvasive monitors such as:
    1. Pulse oximeter
    2. Capnograph
    3. CO Device
    4. Transcutaneous monitor
    5. Apnea Monitor
  2. Interpret the values obtained for simple laboratory testing.
  3. Demonstrate the basic steps for chest radiograph interpretation and the ability to identify basic normal structures and basic abnormalities.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to interpret the information obtained from a radiology report.

Outcome 3: Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to discuss the different procedures involved in the safe and appropriate administration of respiratory care and perform the different procedures following appropriate infection control and safety techniques.


  1. Demonstrate proper technique for infection control
  2. Describe and perform proper body mechanics techniques for moving objects and moving patients.
  3. Describe the methods used to prevent shock hazards in patient situations.
  4. Demonstrate safe use of oxygen and electrical equipment.
  5. Explain how to minimize fire hazards.
  6. Explain the purpose of and the information found on a material safety data sheet.

Outcome 4: Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to demonstrate proper documentation of respiratory therapy procedures.


  1. Describe the medical and legal issues associated with a medical record.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to follow a therapist driven protocol. Demonstrate the ability to perform traditional charting, S.O.A.P.I.E.R. (Subjective, Objective, Assessment, Plan, Intervention, Evaluation, and Revision) notes and computer charting.

• Communication: The graduate can communicate effectively for the intended purpose and audience.
• Critical Thinking: The graduate can make informed decisions after analyzing information or evidence related to the issue.
• Global Literacy: The graduate can analyze human behavior or experiences through cultural, social, political, or economic perspectives.
• Information Literacy: The graduate can responsibly use information gathered from a variety of formats in order to complete a task.
• Quantitative Reasoning: The graduate can apply quantitative methods or evidence to solve problems or make judgments.
• Scientific Literacy: The graduate can produce or interpret scientific information presented in a variety of formats.

CDO marked YES apply to this course:
Communication: YES
Critical Thinking: YES
Global Literacy: YES
Quantitative Reasoning: YES
Module A: Day in the Life of a Respiratory Therapist

Module B: Medical Terminology

Module C: An Overview of the Patient Care Process

Module D: Infection Control & Safety

  1. Infection Control
  2. Disaster Preparedness
  3. Safety Goals
  4. Body Mechanics
  5. Occupational Safety
  6. Electrical Safety
  7. Fire Safety

Module E: Patient Assessment

  1. Initial Patient Contact
  2. Chart Review
  3. Interview
  4. Initial Impression
  5. Respiratory Assessment
  6. Cardiac Assessment
  7. Abdominal, Renal, Extremities

Module F: Noninvasive diagnostic monitoring and testing

Primary Faculty
Zahodnic, Richard
Secondary Faculty
Niemer, Laurie
Associate Dean
Shaw, Andrea
Mirijanian, Narine

Official Course Syllabus - Macomb Community College, 14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088

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