Learn about the basic concepts of pulmonary anatomy and physiology. Understand the normal functioning of the respiratory system and how ventilation and circulation interact with oxygen uptake and carbon dioxide elimination (ventilation perfusion relationship).
Learn about factors that may lead to respiratory failure, including those that negatively impact the quality of the patient's airway, lungs, and ventilatory drive. Understand how conditions that contribute to respiratory failure may be prevented.
Learn how controlled and dependent variables of each ventilation inflation type are influenced by airway resistance — lung/chest wall compliance, and elastance — and their importance in detecting changes in patient conditions.