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Foundations of Respiratory Care, 2nd Edition

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  • Kenneth A. Wyka
  • Paul J. Mathews
  • John Rutkowski
  • ISBN-10: 1435469844
  • ISBN-13: 9781435469846
  • 1152 Pages | Hardcover
  • Previous Editions: 2002
  • COPYRIGHT: 2012 Published
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About the Product

The field of respiratory care continues to change and grow. New research, therapies, and theories are continually emerging. FOUNDATIONS OF RESPIRATORY CARE, SECOND EDITION is written by leading authorities who have hands on, practical knowledge of the latest innovations and applications for care. Chapters cover timely topics such as the increasing population of elderly patients and the need for managing mass casualty incidents and disasters. Difficult topic areas such as interpretation of ventilator graphics, pharmacology, and hemodynamics are presented in a manner that allows for ease of comprehension and application of the concepts. The education of respiratory therapists is moving toward a problem-based learning model. FOUNDATIONS OF RESPIRATORY CARE, SECOND EDITION captures that model through the integration of case studies throughout the reading to reinforce and fine tune problem solving and decision-making skills. The most current AARC clinical practice guidelines are referenced throughout to once again help bridge that gap between classroom and real world application of concepts.


  • BEST PRACTICES: Best Practices point out the best method or technique for performing a particular procedure.

  • SPOTLIGHTS: Spotlights identify new equipment or procedures relevant to the subject.

  • AGE SPECIFIC COMPETENCIES: Age Specific Competencies discuss the variations in care delivery based upon the age of the patient.

  • CASE STUDIES: Case studies illustrate concepts or applications of respiratory care.

About the Author

Kenneth A. Wyka

Kenneth A. Wyka has been in the field of respira¬tory care since 1970. He obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, New Jersey, and formal training in respiratory care from the Lenox Hill Hospital School for Respira¬tory Therapy in New York City. In 1972, he founded the respiratory therapy program at Passaic County Community College in Paterson, New Jersey. Since then, he managed the respiratory care department at Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, New Jersey, was the director of respiratory clinical education at the Uni¬versity of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey, started several pulmonary rehabilitation programs, worked in home care, and began a health-care/respiratory care consulting practice. He is the author of Respiratory Care in Alternate Sites and coauthor of Oakes’ Respira¬tory Home Care: An On-Site Reference Guide. In addi¬tion, he has been the president of both the New Jersey and New York Societies for Respiratory Care and has been actively involved in several voluntary health and professional organizations. Currently, Ken is the Center Manager and Respiratory Care Patient Coordinator for Anthem Health Services in Queensbury, New York.

Paul J. Mathews

Paul J. Mathews PhD, RRT, FCCM, FCCP, FAARC is Associate Professor of Respiratory Care, School of Allied Health; Associate Professor in Physical Therapy; and Adjunct Associate Professor at the Center on Aging, University of Kansas. He received his respiratory therapy training at Yale-New Haven Medical Center in New Haven, Connecticut. He holds his undergraduate degree from Quinnipiac College, Hamden, Connecticut; a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Hartford in Connecticut; and EdS and PhD degrees from the University of Missouri in Kansas City, Missouri. He has published more than 160 articles in various national journals, has authored several books, serves on six editorial boards, and has lectured at many national and international meetings. In 1989, Dr. Mathews was president of the AARC, and, in 1990, he was selected for AARC Life Membership. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Critical Care Medicine and of the American College of Chest Physicians. Currently, he is a member of the New York Academy of Sciences and is listed in Who's Who in America and Who's Who in the World.

John Rutkowski

John Rutkowski is the director of Cardiopulmonary Services at Bergen Regional Medical Center in Paramus, New Jersey, as well as an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Medicine and Dentistry in Newark, New Jersey. His career in respiratory care includes over 40 years of clinical, managerial, and community outreach experience. He received his respiratory therapy training and certificate from St. Joseph Hospital School of Respiratory Therapy in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, along with an A.S. degree from York College of Pennsylvania. He also earned an undergraduate degree in chemistry from Jersey City State College, an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and a master of public administration from Seton Hall University. In addition to his work as a respiratory therapist, he remains active in the American Association for Respiratory Care and its New Jersey affiliate. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and its NJ affiliate, the Association of Healthcare Executives of New Jersey, and has earned the Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) credential. Throughout his career, he has been active in the American Lung Association. He is a member of the ALA’s Nationwide Assembly, board member, and past chair of the ALA in the Mid-Atlantic, advisory board member and past chair of the ALA in New Jersey, and a member of the Pediatric/Adult Asthma Coalition of New Jersey.

Table of Contents

1. The History and Scope of Respiratory Care.
2. The Legal and Ethical Practice of Respiratory Care.
3. Applied Physics.
4. Applied Chemistry.
5. Applied Microbiology.
6. Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology.
7. Pharmacology.
8. Obstructive Lung Diseases.
9. Restrictive Lung Diseases.
10. Diffuse Lung Diseases.
11. Cardiovascular Diseases.
12. Hx, Assessment & Documentation.
13. Radiologic Examination of the Chest.
14. Fundamental Clinical Laboratory Studies.
15. Arterial Blood Gas Analysis and Non-Invasive Measurements of O2 and CO2.
16. Pulmonary Function Testing.
17. Sleep Medicine: Dx and Tests.
18. Cardiovascular Testing and Hemodynamic Measurements.
19. Oxygen and Medical Gas Therapy.
20. Humidity and Aerosol Therapy.
21. Hyperinflation Therapy.
22. Pulmonary Hygiene and CPT.
23. Airway Management.
24. Physiology of Mechanical Ventilation.
25. Mechanics & Modes of Mechanical Ventilation.
26. Initiating, Monitoring & D/C Mech. Ventilation.
27. Noninvasive Mechanical Ventilation.
28. Neonatal and Pediatric Applications.
29. Geriatric Applications.
30. Emergency Medicine & Rapid Response.
31. Emergency Preparedness.
32. Adult Critical Care.
33. Subacute Care.
34. Long-Term Care.
35. Home Care.
36. Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation.
37. Patient Transport in Respiratory Care.
38. Protecting the Patient and Health Care Provider.
39. Health Promotion.
40. Education: Patient, Professional & Community Management and Computer
41. Applications in Respiratory Care.
42. Management of Respiratory Care Services.
43. Non-Traditional Roles of the RT.
Appendix A: Abbreviations.
Appendix B: Routes for Entry-Level and Registry-Level Practice.
Appendix C: Selected Diagnostic Studies.
Appendix D: ABGs: Normal Values.
Appendix E: Characteristics of Adventitious Breath Sounds.

New to this edition

  • NEW MATERIAL: New material on mechanical ventilation and ventilatory modes, including importance of ventilatory waveforms.
  • EQUIPMENT UPDATE: Thorough update on new equipment and procedures relating to oxygen and aerosol delivery both in the acute care setting and home environment.
  • EXPANDED CHAPTERS: Expanded chapter on sleep related breathing disorders focusing on diagnostic testing, modes of treatment, and patient compliance involving positive airway pressure therapy.