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Equipment for Respiratory Care



Equipment for Respiratory Care, Second Edition continues to break the archetype of equipment texts. Uniquely focused on the usage of respiratory equipment in practical, clinical settings, the Second Edition guides learners through not only WHEN and WHY to use equipment but HOW it is important. Through a combination of theory and operation, Equipment for Respiratory Care, Second Edition illustrates how to effectively and safely match the therapeutic modality to a patient’s needs, making this text an essential resource for the Respiratory Care practitioner.

Equipment for Respiratory Care, Second Edition prepares learners for successful completion of the National Board for Respiratory Care 2020 Examination. It is a go-to guide for exam preparation, offering online study aides and detailed simulations.

  • Clinical Simulations allow students to practice real-world situations on a mechanical ventilator simulator and see their results
  • Case Studies have been integrated to facilitate the application of content and to foster critical thinking
  • Throughout the text, key points are illustrated and important information is highlighted in Clinical Focus and Did You Know? boxes to ensure comprehension of critical concepts.


Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1 Introduction to Medical Gases
  • Chapter 2 Administering Medical Gases
  • Chapter 3 Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
  • Chapter 4 Humidity and Aerosol Therapy
  • Chapter 5 Medicated Aerosol Delivery Devices
  • Chapter 6 Airway Management and Emergency Resuscitation Equipment
  • Chapter 7 Blood Gas and Critical Care Analyte Analysis
  • Chapter 8 Patient Monitors
  • Chapter 9 Measurement of Pulmonary Function
  • Chapter 10 Mechanical Ventilation
  • Chapter 11 Sleep Apnea Devices
  • Chapter 12 Cardiovascular Monitoring
  • Chapter 13 Hyperinflation Therapy
  • Chapter 14 Airway Clearance
  • Chapter 15 Manual and Automatic Resuscitators


About the Author

Teresa A. Volsko, MBA, MHHS, RRT, CMT-E, FAARC – Director, Respiratory Care, Akron Children’s Hospital

Teresa A. Volsko, MBA, MHHS, RRT, CMTE, FAARC, is a fellow of the American Association for Respiratory Care and serves as adjunct faculty for Rush University in Chicago and Northeast Ohio Medical University in Ohio. Currently Terry is the director of Respiratory Care, Transport, and the Communication Center and interim director of the Rebecca D. Considine Research Institute for Akron Children’s Hospital. She is the author of over 100 abstract and manuscript publications in peer-reviewed medical journals as well as several book chapters. Terry has served the profession in many capacities and is currently a member of the board of trustees for the American Respiratory Care Foundation, on the board of directors for Lambda Beta, editorial board member of the journal Respiratory Care, and on the American Association for Respiratory Care’s Evidence-Based Clinical Guidelines Committee. Born and raised in the Youngstown, Ohio, area, she received her associate degree in respiratory therapy technology, Bachelor of Science and Master of Health and Human Services, and Master of Business Administration from Youngstown State University. Terry’s passion for the respiratory care profession and her dedication to mentoring respiratory care students and credentialed professionals spans more than three decades.

Robert L. Chatburn, MHHS, RRT-NPS, FAARC – Clinical Research Manager, Respiratory Institute Cleveland Clinic, Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University

Robert L. Chatburn, MHHS, RRT-NPS, FAARC is Associate Professor, department of medicine, Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University and Fellow of the American Association for Respiratory Care. Rob is currently the clinical research manager, section of respiratory therapy, at the Cleveland Clinic. Previously he was the technical director of respiratory care at University Hospitals for 20 years. He is the author of 11 textbooks and over 250 publications in medical journals. He is an Associate Editor of Respiratory Care Journal and is recognized internationally as a research scientist and authority on mechanical ventilation and pediatric respiratory care.

Mr. Chatburn was born and raised in Niles Ohio. He received an AS degree from Cuyahoga Community and BS and MHHS degrees from Youngstown State University. He started his career at Rainbow Babies & Childrens Hospital in 1977. In 1979 he was promoted to research coordinator. In 1986 he took the position of technical director of pediatric respiratory care and in 1995 annexed the adult division as well. In 1997 he became assistant professor of pediatrics at Case Western Reserve University and was promoted to associate professor in 1998. In 2006 Mr. Chatburn became clinical research manager, section of respiratory therapy, at the Cleveland Clinic. His academic appointment is currently associate professor, department of medicine, Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. Rob was among the first 13 people awarded fellowship in the American Association for Respiratory Care in 1998 and was the recipient of the 2007 Forrest M. Bird Lifetime Scientific Achievement Award.

Mohamad F. El-Khatib, MD, PhD, MBA, RRT – Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, American University of Beirut School of Medicine, Director of Respiratory Therapy Department, American University of Beirut Medical Center

Dr. Mohamad F. El-Khatib is a professor of anesthesiology and director of respiratory therapy department at the American University of Beirut – Medical Center. Dr. El-Khatib has published more than 115 peer-reviewed articles and abstracts in the field of anesthesiology, critical care medicine, and respiratory care. Dr. El-Khatib’s main area of interest is optimization of mechanical ventilation including newer and non-conventional modes of ventilatory support and strategies for liberation from mechanical ventilation. Dr. El-Khatib has lectured at many international and regional meetings. He is currently the managing editor of the Middle East Journal of Anesthesiology, and he is a reviewer for the journals of Critical Care MedicineRespiratory CareCritical CareAmerican Journal of Respiratory & Critical Care MedicineLung, and Saudi Journal of Anesthesia.

Additional information

Weight2.5 lbs
Dimensions8.4 × 1.1 × 10.7 in
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