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

After successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  • 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: Clinical Hyperbaric Oxygen Chambers
  • 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

Cairo, J.M., (2018) Mosby’s Respiratory Care Equipment. 10th edition. St. Louis, MO: Mosby, Inc. Elsevier Canada.
Type: Textbook, ISBN: 978-0323416368


Please be aware that due to COVID-19 safety guidelines all in-person exams have been suspended. As such, all final exams are currently being delivered through ProctorU, which has an approximate fee of $35 involved. There will be more information in your course shell, on how to apply, if your course has a final exam.

To successfully complete this course, students must achieve 50% or higher on the overall course and 50% or higher on the final mandatory examination.

Students applying this course towards any TRU Health Care program may be required to obtain a minimum of 60% overall to meet program requirements.

Midterm 1 25%
Midterm 2 25%
Final examination * 50%
Total 100%

* Mandatory

Open Learning Faculty Member

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

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