Rau's Respiratory Care Pharmacology


  • Douglas Gardenhire, EdD, RRT-NPS, FAARC, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA

With an approach to learning as progressive as its content, Rau’s Respiratory Care Pharmacology, 8th Edition simplifies the process of learning challenging pharmacology material like never before. Rau’s effective approach uses broken-down terminology, relatable explanations, reader-friendly writing, and additional workbook guidance to help you easily master the text’s cutting-edge content - which includes the latest terms, pronunciations, in-depth sleep pharmacology, reality-based case studies, and SOAP assessment opportunities. Plus, the online interactive flashcards and audio pronunciation glossary offer additional learning formats tailored to your digital preferences.
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Book information

  • Published: September 2011
  • Imprint: MOSBY
  • ISBN: 978-0-323-07528-2

Table of Contents

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

8.  Xanthines

9.  Mucus-Controlling Drug Therapy

10.  Surfactant Agents

11.  Corticosteriods 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.  Vasopresors, Inotropes, and Antiarrythmic Agents

22.  Drugs Affecting Circulation: Antihypertensives, Antianginals, Antithrombotics

23.  Sleep and Sleep Pharmacology

Appendix A: Units and Systems of Measurement

Appendix B: Acceptable Mixtures of Most Commonly Prescribed Respiratory Care Drugs