Disciplines: Respiratory Therapy
Hours: 5 Contact Hours
Author(s): Sindee K. Karpel, MPA, RRT
Peer Reviewer(s):
  • Chris Kallus, MEd, RRT
  • Mattia Migliore, RPh, PhD
  • Barbara LeDuc, PhD, RN
Item#: V7210
Contents: 1 Course Book (74 pages)

Basic Respiratory Care Pharmacology



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Item # V7210
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Gain essential information to build a safe and effective practice for administering respiratory medications. This informative course provides an excellent overview of the major classes of aerosolized and non-aerosolized respiratory pharmacologic agents along with newly released medicines used in respiratory care. A comparison of the modes of action, indications, and adverse effects that characterize each class is discussed as well as the techniques to deliver them. Review calculations of drug doses using percentage-strength solutions and dosage schedules. Recommend the appropriate respiratory pharmacologic agent and delivery method based on patient clinical presentations.

AARC Approval #146748000

Course Objectives
  • Define key terms related to general pharmacological principles.
  • Calculate drug doses using percentage-strength solutions and dosage schedules.
  • Describe the factors that affect aerosol deposition in the lungs.
  • Compare modes of action, indications, and adverse effects that characterize the major classes of aerosolized and non-aerosolized respiratory pharmacologic agents.
  • Recommend the appropriate respiratory pharmacologic agent and delivery method based on patient clinical presentation.
Sindee K. Karpel, MPA, RRT, is the clinical coordinator for the Respiratory Care Program and professor in the Cardiopulmonary Sciences Program at Edison State College, Fort Myers, Florida. Ms. Karpel received her baccalaureate degree from Queens College of the City University of New York, her certificate in Respiratory Care from the New York University Medical Center/Bellevue Hospital Respiratory Therapy Program, and her master’s of public administration with a major in health care administration from Long Island University. She has been a full-time respiratory care educator since 1993 and has been teaching respiratory care pharmacology since that time. Ms. Karpel is the author of several articles on various respiratory care topics, two well-known respiratory care workbooks, and testbanks for popular respiratory care textbooks.

Chris Kallus, MEd, RRT, is a Professor and the Program Chair for the Victoria College Respiratory Care Program in Victoria, Texas. He began his teaching career at Victoria College in 1981, serving as the Director of Clinical Education until 1990, and then continuing to serve the College as Program Chair from 1990 to the present. He is an active member of the American Association for Respiratory Care, Texas Society for Respiratory Care, and the Texas Community College Teachers Association. He is also a site visitor for the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care, an item writer for the National Board for Respiratory Care, and a sponsor for the Lambda Beta Society, Victoria College chapter.

Mattia Migliore, RPh, PhD, holds a BS in Pharmacy from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, a master’s in pharmaceutical sciences from Northeastern University, and a PhD in pharmacology and nanomedicine from Northeastern University. Dr. Migliore has been an Assistant Professor in Pharmacology and Toxicology for the past 5 years.

Barbara LeDuc, PhD, RN, has been Associate Professor of Pharmacology at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences for 16 years, having taught Pharmacology to nursing, PA, pharmacy, and graduate students. She graduated from The Faulkner Hospital School of Nursing in 1965, and in 1993 received her Ph.D. in biochemistry for the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences at Tufts University. Her research interests include drug metabolism and drug-drug interactions.

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