• Unit I: Basic Concepts and Principles in Pharmacology
1. Introduction to Respiratory Care Pharmacology
2. Principles of Drug Action
3. Administration of Aerosolized Agents
4. Calculating Drug Doses
5. The Central and Peripheral Nervous Systems
• Unit II: Drugs Used to Treat the Respiratory System
6. Adrenergic (Sympathomimetic) Bronchodilators
7. Anticholinergic (Parasympatholytic) Bronchodilators
9. Mucus-Controlling Drug Therapy
10. Surfactant Agents
11. Corticosteroids in Respiratory Care
12. Nonsteroidal Antiasthma Agents
13. Aerosolized Antiinfective Agents
14. Antimicrobial Agents
15. Cold and Cough Agents
16. Selected Agents of Pulmonary Value
17. Neonatal and Pediatric Aerosolized Drug Therapy
• Unit III: Critical Care, Cardiovascular, and Polysomnography Agents
18. Skeletal Muscle Relaxants (Neuromuscular Blocking Agents)
19. Diuretic Agents
20. Drugs Affecting the Central Nervous System
21. Vasopressors, Inotropes, and Antiarrhythmic Agents
22. Drugs Affecting Circulation: Antihypertensives, Antianginals, Antithrombotics
Appendix A: Answers to Self-Assessment Questions and Clinical Scenarios
Appendix B: Units and Systems of Measurement
Appendix C: Acceptable Mixtures of Most Commonly Prescribed Respiratory Care Drugs
Glossary of Selected Terms
• Clinical scenarios with follow-up SOAP assessment help you assess your comprehension of the material.
• Self-assessment questions offer you thought-provoking opportunities to test your comprehension of key concepts.
• Learning objectives parallel the levels tested by the NBRC® exams to help you identify important information that goes beyond memorization and recall.
• Key terms with definitions provide easy access to the pharmacologic vocabulary you should embrace.
• Key points boxes in each chapter highlight important concepts in the lesson.
• Glossary of all key terms in the text aids you in understanding the terminology associated with respiratory care pharmacology.
• Appendices on common Units and Systems of Measurement and Acceptable Mixtures provide references to need-to-know information such as abbreviations, conversion charts for temperatures, liquid metric and solids, and a simple drug compatibility chart for drug mixtures.
• Alphabetical drug index provides a direct index to look up information based on drug name.
New To This Edition:
• NEW and UPDATED! Clinical Connection boxes assist you in connecting information in the text to the clinical setting, including providing patients a better understanding of their clinical conditions as related to their drug treatments.
• UPDATED! Chapter 1 reflects changes to drug approval.
• UPDATED! Chapter 3 reflects changes in aerosol medication devices and addresses aerosol-generating device issues and COVID-19.
• UPDATED! The latest FDA-approved medications are referenced in all chapters.
• UPDATED! Current asthma (GINA) and COPD (GOLD) guidelines include COVID-19 treatment protocols.
• Enhanced readability helps you more easily understand difficult material.
Douglas S. Gardenhire, EdD, RRT-NPS, FAARC, Chair and Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Respiratory Therapy, Lewis School of Nursing and Health Professions, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia