PAED4410 Neonatal Respiration and Ventilation
- 6 points
- This unit includes (1) respiratory ontogeny (growth and development of the airways, lungs and chest wall); (2) respiratory physiology (cell physiology, gas exchange, lung mechanics); (3) ventilation strategies (CPAP, mandatory and synchronised ventilation modalities, conventional mechanical, high frequency ventilation); (4) non-ventilation therapies (surfactant therapy, nitric oxide, nebulisation principles, pulmonary vasodilators, physiotherapy, surgical interventions); (5) medical respiratory disease and management strategies (hyaline membrane disease, chronic lung disease, persistent pulmonary hypertension, pneumothorax, pneumonia, meconium aspiration, bronchiolitis, chylothorax, congenital anomalies, surfactant deficiency, genetic respiratory disorders); (6) surgical respiratory disease and management strategies (congenital diaphragmatic hernia, congenital emphysema, congenital cystic adenomatous malformations, congenital upper airway disorders); (7) pathophysiology of disease and targeted respiratory therapy; and (8) future management strategies/experimental therapies.
The unit aims to provide a foundation for understanding neonatal respiratory disease by covering ontogeny, physiology and common diseases, advanced knowledge of mechanical ventilators and ventilation strategies, and a strong understanding of individually targeted respiratory therapy based on the underlying disease pathophysiology.
- Students are able to (1) describe in detail respiratory ontogeny and how developmental stage impacts on respiratory transition and adaptation after birth; (2) describe normal respiratory physiologic processes in detail and have a comprehensive understanding of basic lung mechanics; (3) demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of neonatal respiratory diseases by describing them in terms of their pathophysiology and lung mechanics; (4) demonstrate advanced theoretical knowledge of ventilator components and operation, different ventilation modalities as well as different ventilation strategies; and (5) formulate a targeted neonatal respiratory management strategy for individual patients based on the underlying pathophysiology.
- Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) journal article critique; (2) submission of a case study; and (3) a two-hour multiple-choice/short-answer end-of-semester examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.
Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
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- Associate Professor Jane Pillow
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