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RESP 1781: Principles and Applications of Respiratory Therapy Equipment I & II

Learners develop an understanding of the function and patient application of respiratory therapy equipment. Topics include medical gases and their delivery systems, humidity and aerosol devices, artificial airways and airway management devices, resuscitators, patient monitoring devices, and suction.

Learning outcomes

  • Describe the use, properties, and manufacturing of compressed gases and their delivery systems.
  • Explain equipment decontamination and sterilization processes and describe the necessary precautions to ensure infection control and patient safety. Identify the need to decontaminate and sterilize equipment and describe the necessary precautions to ensure infection control and patient safety.
  • Describe the use, types, and characteristics of humidity and aerosol devices.
  • Describe the use, types, and characteristics of airway and suction equipment.
  • Describe the use, types, characteristics, and indications of resuscitators.
  • Outline types of respiratory diagnostic and monitoring devices.

Course topics

  • Module A: Physical Properties of Gases and Principles of Gas Movement
  • Module B: Decontamination and Sterilization of Equipment
  • Module C: Manufacture, Storage, and Piping of Compressed Gases
  • Module D: Gas Delivery Systems
  • Module E: Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
  • Module F: Humidification, Aerosols, and Aerosolized Medication Delivery
  • Module G: Airway and Suction Equipment
  • Module H: Resuscitators
  • Module I: Flow, Volume and Bedside Airway Pressure Measurement Devices
  • Module J: Non-invasive Monitoring Equipment

Required text and materials

Students require the following e-textbook, which can be purchased directly from the link at:

  1. Cairo, J.M., Ed., (2022) Mosby’s Respiratory Care Equipment. (11th ed.). St. Louis, MO: Mosby, Inc.
    Type: E-Textbook. ISBN: 9780323712224


Please be aware that should your course have a final exam, you are responsible for the fee to the online proctoring service, ProctorU, or to the in-person approved Testing Centre. Please contact with any questions about this.

To successfully complete this course, students must achieve a passing grade of 50% or higher on the overall course, and 50% or higher on the final mandatory exam.

Midterm 1 (Module A to C 25%
Midterm 2 (Module D to F 25%
Final Exam (mandatory) 50%
Total 100%

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.

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