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RET 2101 Critical Care I

Assessment and treatment of patients in respiratory failure to include the following categories: airway management and emergencies, physiology and treatment of oxygenation/ventilation failure, physiology of lung mechanics, ventilator classification and management, positive pressure ventilation including volume and pressure control ventilation modes, ventilator troubleshooting, weaning from mechanical ventilation, and the application of ventilator graphic interpretation in the management of the mechanically ventilated patient. Four classroom, three lab hours per week.

Division: Health Sciences
Department: Respiratory Care
Repeatable Credit: No
Offered Online: No

Prereqs: RET 2250 AND Restricted to Majors 


  • Determine the correct management and maintenance of the artificial and anatomical airway as well as the lung mechanics pertinent to the mechanically ventilated patient.
  • Discuss the decision for termination of adult mechanical ventilation based on specific disease states and protocols.
  • Identify indications for the initiation of mechanical ventilation and describe the management of mechanical ventilation (including modes, parameter changes, calculations, graphic interpretation, troubleshooting and quality control).

Credit Hours: 5

Classroom Hours: 4
Lab Hours: 3