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

3.0 Credits


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.

Delivery Method



None. However, this course is aimed at students who are graduates of a minimum two-year health care diploma program. Respiratory therapy students entering on the BSc fast track stream are required to take this course.


After completing this course, you 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 Outline

  • 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

Maximum Completion

30 weeks.

Required Text and Materials

J. M. Cairo. Mosby's Respiratory Care Equipment. 9th ed. St. Louis, MO: Mosby, Inc, 2014.
Type: Textbook, ISBN: 978-0-323-09621-8

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Primary communication is through Blackboard's "Mail" tool or by phone. You will receive the necessary contact information when you start your course.


Midterm 1 25%
Midterm 2 25%
Final examination 50%

In order to successfully complete this course, students must obtain at least 50% on the final mandatory examination and 50% overall.

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