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Disciplines: Respiratory Therapy
Hours: 1 Contact Hour
  • Kevin T. Martin, BVE, RRT, RCP (Original)
  • Lisa Conry, MA, RRT (Revising)
Peer Reviewer(s): David Chang, EdD, RRT-NPS
Item#: V7253
Contents: 1 Course Book (42 pages)

Pneumothorax, 2nd Edition

Price $9.95
Item # V7253
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Release Date: January 28, 2016

Expiration Date: January 29, 2019

It is critical for a respiratory therapist to understand the reasons for the presence of air or gas between the lungs and chest wall as well as how to deal with and treat a collapse of the lung resulting from the air or gas. This course begins with the anatomy of the pleural space and walks you through the incidence, etiology, clinical manifestations, diagnosis, and treatment for the following types of pneumothoraces: primary spontaneous, secondary spontaneous, catamenial, iatrogenic, traumatic, and tension. Also discussed is reexpansion pulmonary edema along with the steps to take to prevent it. 

Course Objectives

  • Describe the anatomy of the chest and pleural space
  • Cite the incidence, etiology, clinical manifestations, diagnosis, and treatment for each of the following types of pneumothoraces:
    • Primary spontaneous pneumothorax
    • Secondary spontaneous pneumothorax
    • Catamenial pneumothorax
    • Iatrogenic pneumothorax
    • Traumatic pneumothorax
    • Tension pneumothorax
  • Define reexpansion pulmonary edema
  • Describe the steps to take to prevent reexpansion pulmonary edema
  • Discuss the procedure for needle aspiration
  • Explain the procedure for chest tube insertion
  • Summarize how to apply a chest drainage system
  • Differentiate between chest drainage systems
  • Evaluate a clinical practice exercise and make recommendations for care

Kevin T. Martin, BVE, RRT, RCP, was the founder of Respiratory Care Educational Consulting Services, Inc. (RCECS).

Lisa Conry, MA, RRT, is an RRT with 38 years of experience in the field. For the past 25 years, she has been a respiratory care educator. She has a bachelor of general studies degree from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, and a master of arts degree from The Ohio State University. She obtained her registry by attending the Advanced Practitioner Program at the University of Chicago Hospitals and Clinics. She has reviewed numerous publications and authored several modules for an online respiratory care program developed by Jones & Bartlett Learning.

David Chang, EdD, RRT-NPS, is a professor of the Department of Cardiorespiratory Care at the University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL. He has served on many committees and in many capacities at the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC), National Board for Respiratory Care, and Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care. Dr. Chang’s special interest is in research and mechanical ventilation. He has published 5 textbooks and developed an open-source website,, for students and practitioners. In his spare time, Dr. Chang conducts training sessions for students and educators at the state, national, and international levels. 

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  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion
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