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How is the respiratory and circulatory systems are related anatomically and functionally?

Explain how the respiratory and circulatory systems are related anatomically and functionally.

see https://camcom.ngu.edu/Shared%20Documents/Chapt%203.ppt  (+ info)

What should i major in to become a Respiratory Therapist?

I want to double major in respiratory and pyhsical therapy with a specialty in children. Anyone want to tell me what to major in for respiratory other than respiratory therapy? And a list of some good schools. Thanks!

Sorry, It dosen't work that way. If you want to become a respiratory therapist, you must hold a 'respiratory therapist' license by the state (yeah, like a drivers license). It is not just a 'job'. It is a specialized allied health field, and you can't really major in any general science- it has to be specific ="Respiratory Therapy". There are many 2-3 year programs, and also you can get a bachelors in Respiratory therapy from some universities. Another issue is that physical therapy and respiratory therapy are different branches- they don't really merge. Even for the physical therapy job, you have to major, specifically in "physical therapy" in order to practice. Sure you could double major, but it would take a pretty long time.
As far as recommending good schools, I don't know what area you live in (??), but i highly recommend Junior and public community colleges, for the R.T option. You should check out the website on occupations, do a search for topic: "Occupational Outlook". This will give you a list of jobs by alphabetical order click on "A-Z index" and you should totally check them out to see full job descriptions.  (+ info)

How many are on respiratory machines in hospitals due to h1n1?

I have heard so much about H1N1 just wondering if it is as bad as the media is making it out to be?
How many are on respiratory machines in hospitals due to h1n1?

New England Journal of Medicine published this California study: between April and August 1088 people in Cali were diagnosed and hospitalized with h1n1. A third of these people required intensive care, but I don't know how many needed their airways artifically supported with anything.

According to this same article, about 1 in 10 elderly persons with h1n1 will die from it or its complications. That's a pretty big deal that deserves the media attention!  (+ info)

What do you do for an upper respiratory infection?

I just go home from the doctor and he said I have an upper respiratory infection. He gave me "tussin" which I am assuming is the same as robitussin, just generic. What do you do for an upper respiratory infection? Is it the same as bronchitis? The doctor didn't tell me anything just what I have and good-bye.
Actually the name of the medicine is "notuss-dc" Sorry.

Tussin is NOT a cough suppressant it is an expectorant. This means that it will thin down the mucus and make it easier to cough up or drain out of your lungs. Basically he doesn't feel it is significant enough to need an antibiotic, and I would probably agree with him. Bronchitis is one type of respiratory infection. What you need to do is take the Tussin as ordered, drink plenty of fluids and rest. If it gets worse or gets really hard to breathe go back and he may give you an inhlaer temporarily to open the airways.  (+ info)

Which of the measurable respiratory volumes would likely be exaggerated in a person who smoked a lot?

Which, if any, of the measurable respiratory volumes would likely be exaggerated in a person who smoked a lot?

FRC (functional residual capacity) and RV (residual volume).
They are both increased in people with COPD because of air trapping. The bronchials in the lungs become flimsy after years of smoking and close much easier trapping air in the lungs.  (+ info)

What is the best type of stethoscope to use in respiratory therapy?

I am in search of a good stethoscope to purchase as a gift for a beginning respiratory therapist. I'm not sure if there's a special type, model or brand best for that line of work. Please help!

i have mine, a 3M brand but of pedia size  (+ info)

what is respiratory observation and why are they important?

what will u do if a patient respiratory rate went up or down.
what might be the reason for respiratory rate increase or decrease?

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Do you need work related experience to become a traveling respiratory therapist after school?

I start classes for respiratory therapist in feb. I hear ppl make more money traveling, plus I think it will be perfect for me cause I have no kids, no spouse, no commitments. I want to travel I think it would a great opportunity and experience to travel. Besides I am young.Plus it would be educational to work in different environments.Is there any agencies that will except me right after school? USA Traveling only Any helpful advice is welcomed, thank You.

I was a traveling RT for 6 years. I worked all throughout the Midwest and beyond. Some companies are desperate enough to take a new grad, but the consequence is lower pay for you. Also, when you are new you cant tell the good companies from the bad. My good experiences were with, Club Staffing, Compheath, Aureus, to name a few. Go to healthcaretraveler.com for a free magazine and tons of information on travel agencies. Good Luck!  (+ info)

Can serious respiratory infections evolve from a cold?

My daughter has a cold, and I was wondering if it could turn into the flu, pneumonia, or brohncitis, or anything like these. Or do these more serious respiratory infections start of as itself and not a cold. I just want to know cause I have read some horror stories lately about respiratory infections that became fatal and I'm all worried.

Yes... although most people with healthy immune systems kick the cold without problems. If she has asthma, or some kind of immune problem, then keep a closer eye. I find (as an asthmatic) that i'm more prone to mild upper respiratory infections after a cold. They clear up without antibiotics, though.  (+ info)

What does the emissions of motor vehicles actually do to the respiratory system?

I know that it is not good for the respiratory system, but what do the pollutions actually do to the lungs. Please include a source of the information is there is one. Thanks so much

Cars are not a particularly large contributer of air pollution that harms the respiratory tract (but make lots of green house gases). Cars have extensive emission control systems that clean the exhaust of most hazardous pollutants before the exhaust goes into the environment. This isn't to say that cars are completely free of fault. It takes a lot of cars to make much air pollution with modern cars.

Transport trucks only January 1st, 2007 were required to have an emission system. Cars have had emission systems since 1975. The truck systems tend to be fine particulate filters (for soot) and catalysts that combust sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides into less harmful materials before letting the exhaust out into the environment. With the shift from rail to road transport of goods, there is an ever increasing number of trucks on the road spewing untreated emissions. Presently, truckers are doing everything they can to avoid have to comply with the new emission system requirements. Yes, it will cost them more in the short term. In the long term, there will be fewer people with asthma.

When particles are of a certain size, in the 1 - 5 micron range, they can enter and deposit in the human lung. Anything that size can. It doesn't matter if it's dust from cat litter, dust from vacuuming, or fine particulate matter (soot) from diesel engines. When this matter gets into your lungs, it irritates them, causing coughing, increased production of sputum, and can give some people (like me) an asthma attack.

To help make the lungs less irritated, particles of medicine that are within the medically effective range are used (1 - 5 microns in size). This is what nebulizers and inhalers for lung disease produce and that's why the medication makes it into the lungs and deposits.

Truck exhaust also creates sulfur dioxide and nitrogen dioxides. These are gases that irritate the lungs when in sufficient concentration. They can also cause the same increased sputum production, airway constriction, wheezing, coughing, etc... that particulate matter can. It is treated the same. If you have asthma and you are sensitive to air pollution, then you probably have to use your medication a lot on smog days or when you find yourself in a place where diesel engines are running.

Ozone at ground level is a lung irritant. It is present in smog and after thunderstorms. It can cause asthma attacks.

For me, I know what my asthma triggers are. Diesel engine exhaust is by far the worst. I can have an asthma attack in the car if we are stopped at a light behind a diesel truck. Smog days can require a lot of medication to keep my lungs under control.

Anyone can develop a sensitivity to air pollution. In my situation, I grew-up in a place where air pollution was minimal, then lived the a very, horribly polluted area for five years. That place had so much air pollution that the air was brown some days. When driving into town, it looked like there was an upside down brown bowl on the town. It was nasty! When people are exposed to air pollution in that concentration, I think that anyone can develop asthma.

To treat lung problems related to air pollution, here are the usual medications:

* Albuterol/Salbutamol, Xopenex, Atrovent - short acting bronchodilators for asthma attacks (for rescue), opens the airways

* Intal/Tilade - can prevent air pollution related asthma attacks specifically (not for rescue)

* various inhaled steroids and combination drugs with inhaled steroids - when taken daily can ease lung inflammation, sputum production, wheezing, coughing, and chest tightness (not for rescue)

* the best treatment is to MOVE! I still have asthma even after moving away several months ago. I don't think it will go away. My lungs are probably damaged for life.

I hope this helps.  (+ info)

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