You can breathe a little easier knowing there's a proven way to master respiratory pharmacology! For over 30 years, Rau's Respiratory Care Pharmacology has been considered the preeminent text on the subject. With easy to grasp terminology, relatable explanations, and reader-friendly writing, the 10th edition simplifies the process of learning pharmacology material like never before. As in previous editions, Rau's is organized into three logical sections, covering the basics of respiratory care, frequently used drugs, and critical care medications. New to this edition is a Clinical Connections feature that helps you to connect lessons from the book with the clinical setting. Rau's truly is the best source for preparing you for success on your exams and in professional practice!
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. Vasopressors, Inotropes, and Antiarrythmic Agents 22. Drugs Affecting Circulation: Antihypertensives, Antianginals, Antithrombotics 23. Sleep and Sleep Pharmacology
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 Drug Index Abbreviations