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RET 2201 Critical Care II

Assessment, management, and treatment of critically-ill patients to include the following categories: Management of neonatal/pediatric mechanical ventilation, advanced modes of ventilation, non-conventional oxygenation and ventilation strategies, diagnostics, special procedures for the respiratory therapist in the critical care setting, critical conditions, nutritional considerations, transport, and home care ventilation/disease management. Three classroom, three lab hours per week.

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

Prereqs: RET 2101 


  • Interpret diagnostics such as capnography, hemodynamic values, hematology and electrolytes as they apply to the assessment of the care of the critically ill patient. Recognize nutritional needs of the mechanically ventilated patient.
  • Describe neonatal/pediatric assessment and discuss the initiation, management, troubleshooting, and termination of neonatal/pediatric positive airway pressure therapy and mechanical ventilation.
  • Identify the indications for advanced ventilatory modes and describe the management of patients with Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) and atypical lung conditions.
  • Explain the role and techniques employed by the respiratory therapist in assisting the physician with advanced procedures such as chest tube placement/management, bronchoscopy, thoracentesis, and medical imaging.
  • Describe the management of the long-term mechanically ventilated patient in the homecare setting.

Credit Hours: 4

Classroom Hours: 3
Lab Hours: 3