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Basic Clinical Lab Competencies for Respiratory Care: An Integrated Approach, 5th Edition

  • Gary C. White, M.Ed., RRT, CPFT
  • ISBN-10: 1435453654
  • ISBN-13: 9781435453654
  • 706 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2003, 1998, 1993
  • COPYRIGHT: 2013 Published
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About the Product

A long time favorite, the fifth edition of BASIC CLINICAL LAB COMPETENCIES FOR RESPIRATORY CARE: AN INTEGRATED APPROACH continues to bring classroom theory to life at the bedside. Known for its integration of theoretical knowledge and practical skills, this text emphasizes the importance of assessment of need, contraindications, hazards/complications, monitoring, and outcomes assessment in respiratory care. Concise, direct, and easy to understand, this fifth edition has been updated to reflect recent advances in the field in order to ensure that students have the knowledge and skills needed to practice the art and the science of respiratory care.


  • The integration of theory and psychomotor knowledge gives students a better understanding of skill application to real life practice.

  • The text is organized around the NBRC content matrix so that students can use the text as an NBRC study aid.

  • The inclusion of AARC Clinical Practice Guidelines makes this text a one source reference for skills and CPGs.

About the Author

Gary C. White, M.Ed., RRT, CPFT

Gary White is the program director of the Respiratory Care Program at Spokane Community College, where he has been teaching since 1992. He previously held the rank of Assistant Professor of Respiratory Care at Weber State University from 1982 to 1992. He holds a master's degree from Weber State University in Education, a bachelor's degree in Biology from the University of Puget Sound, and an associate's degree in Respiratory Therapy from Highline Community College. Gary's avocation is writing. He has authored three text books in respiratory care and is currently working on a manuscript for his fourth title.

Table of Contents

List of Performance Evaluations.
Introduction to the Text.
List of Contributors.
1. Basics of Asepsis
2. Basic Patient Assessment: Vital Signs and Breath Sounds.
3. Advanced Patient Assessment: Inspection, Palpation, and Percussion.
4. Radiologic Assessment.
5. Pulmonary Function Testing.
6. Electrocardiography.
7. Phlebotomy.
8. Arterial Blood Gas Sampling.
9. Hemodynamic Monitoring.
10. Noninvasive Monitoring.
11. Documentation and Goals Assessment.
12. Oxygen Supply Systems.
13. Oxygen Administration.
14. Introduction to Respiratory Care Pharmacology.
15. Humidity and Aerosol Therapy.
16. Bronchial Hygiene Therapy.
17. Hyperinflation Therapy.
18. Bronchoscopy Assisting.
19. Equipment Processing and Surveillance.
20. Emergency Airway Management.
21. Artificial Airway Care.
22. Chest Tubes.
23. Insertion and Maintenance of Intravenous Lines.
24. Noninvasive Positive-Pressure Ventilation.
25. Continuous Mechanical Ventilation.
26. Advanced Modes of Mechanical Ventilation.
27. Wave Form Analysis.
28. Weaning and Discontinuance of Mechanical Ventilation.
29. Neonatal Mechanical Ventilation.
Appendix. Answers to Self Evaluation Post Tests.

New to this edition

  • Existing chapters have been updated and revised to reflect changes in the scope of practice.
  • The ventilation section has been extensively revised including updates in non-invasive ventilation, pressure and volume ventilation, advanced modes of ventilation, neonatal pediatric ventilation, and oscillatory ventilation.
  • Material has been updated to reflect recent changes in the field. For example, this new edition contains updates to commonly used terminology, a list of the Joint Commission abbreviations that should not be used in documentation, revised information on contact transmission, updated AARC Clinical Practice Guidelines, and updated drug information.
  • Instructor materials have been added to assist in preparing for classes. Instructors will now have a computerized testbank, instructor presentations in Power PointTM, an Instructor's manual, and an image library.


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

Instructor Supplements

Instructor Resources  (ISBN-10: 1435453662 | ISBN-13: 9781435453661)

The Instructor Resources includes Instructor presentations on PowerPointTM for each core textbook chapter, a computerized test bank, an Instructor's Manual, and an image library.