Respiratory Alterations And Management
The most common reason that patients require admission to an intensive care unit (ICU) is for support of their respiratory system. This Course describes the incidence, pathophysiology, clinical manifestations and management of common respiratory disorders that result in acute respiratory failure.
By the end of this course you should be able to:
- Describe the pathophysiological mechanisms of acute respiratory failure (ARF) and key principles of patient management.
- Differentiate between Hypoxaemic (type I) and Hypercapnoeic (type II) respiratory failure.
- Outline the incidence of respiratory alterations in the Australasian critical care context.
- Discuss the aetiology, pathophysiology, clinical manifestations and management of common respiratory disorders managed in intensive care, specifically pneumonia, respiratory epidemics, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), acute lung injury (ALI) and pneumothorax.
- Describe the evidence base for key components of nursing and collaborative practice involved in the management of patients with ARF in ICU.
- Outline the principles and immediate postoperative management for lung transplant recipients.