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Egan's Fundamentals of Respiratory Care, 9e [Hardcover]

Robert M. Kacmarek PhD RRT FAARC , Robert L. Wilkins PhD RRT FAARC , James K. Stoller MD MS
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January 31, 2008 0323036570 978-0323036573 9
A leader in respiratory care education for more than 35 years, this comprehensive textbook lays a strong foundation for a successful career. You'll gain a thorough understanding of the role of respiratory therapists (RTs), a scientific basis for treatment, and clinical applications. In-depth discussions progress from the principles of respiratory care to applied anatomy and physiology, assessment, discussion of specific respiratory illnesses, basic therapy, acute and critical care, and preventive and long-term care. Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPGs) and Therapist Driven Protocols (TDPs) in appropriate chapters familiarize you with patient care guidelines and decision trees as they are used in practice.
  • A full-color format makes the text easier to read and brings out key detail in the illustrations.
  • Mini-Clinis provide short vignettes applying content in the text to actual patient care, asking you to think critically on problems you may encounter.
  • Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPGs) cover the steps of patient care with important information on indications/contraindications, hazards and complications, assessment of need, assessment of outcome, and monitoring.
  • Therapist-Driven Protocols (TDPs) provide decision trees developed by hospitals, helping you to assess patients, initiate care, and evaluate outcomes.
  • Rules of Thumb highlights rules, formulas, and key points important to clinical practice.
  • Measurable Learning Objectives parallel the areas tested by the NBRC exam, helping you identify important information that goes beyond memorization and recall.
  • Key Point summaries in bulleted format help you clearly identify key concepts covered in each chapter.
  • A Workbook includes a wide range of activities such as NBRC-type multiple-choice questions, case studies, experiments, and hands-on activities, allowing you to apply the knowledge you've gained from the text.
  • New History of Respiratory Care chapter describes the evolution and challenges of this profession.
  • Updated content reflects changes in the field, with additions to the text including:
    • More coverage of evidence-based care
    • Information on HIPAA
    • A discussion of computer applications in a health care setting
    • An emphasis on how nutrition impacts the respiratory system
  • The role of the respiratory therapist in disease management is discussed in the Cardiopulmonary Diseases section.
  • A new appendix cross-references the NBRC examination matrices for the CRT and RRT to content in the book, making it easier to prepare for the NBRC exams.
  • New editor Robert Kacmarek, a well-known figure in respiratory care, has joined Robert Wilkins and James Stoller.

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About the Author

James K. Stoller, MD, MS
Jean Wall Bennett Professor of Medicine, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine
Chair, Education Institute
Head, Cleveland Clinic Respiratory Therapy
Desk NA 22
Cleveland Clinic
9500 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44195
Office: (216) 444-1960
Fax: (216) 445-8160

Product Details

  • Series: Egan's Fundamentals of Respiratory Care
  • Hardcover: 1408 pages
  • Publisher: Mosby; 9 edition (January 31, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0323036570
  • ISBN-13: 978-0323036573
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 2.2 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,203 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The ONLY respiratory care book u need. April 28, 2010
By Sean
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This book is the friggin' respiratory care bible of books!!! i don't know why colleges make u buy new books each term for the respiratory program, they should just issue u this. i was struggling heavily in my class reading the incomprehensible books they assigned me. i bought this along with the workbook for it, said to heck with my instructor's lectures and books, and just read this book. i now have an "A" in the class so that should tell u something. make sure u get the workbook for this, as this was the part that just sent my grade thru the roof, the author is funny and helps u out alot.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Egan's Fundamentals Ninth Ed. June 25, 2010
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I am a respiratory therapy student with background in nursing. This textbook has generous amounts of useful information. The chapters are well structured with ample diagrams, photographs, AARC guidelines, critical thinking boxes, and numerous charts. I have found it a great source for respiratory concepts. The only drawback is certain assessment parameters and crucial information buried within the text that is not bold type -- but should be. This makes it difficult to use as a quick reference. Egan's Fundamentals of Respiratory Care will not be sold after this course is over. I will be adding it to my personal library of clinical reference books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Everything you need to know April 9, 2014
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Egan's is the standard for the textbook on respiratory care. I have a much older version as well, and this is totally rearranged in a better manner for the learner to quickly grasp the concepts in a better flow. You cannot beat a fundamental textbook on respiratory care. This will give you more than the information you need to not only pass the national board exams but to be an excellent respiratory therapist.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yes October 27, 2013
By Mikkey
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Got exactly what I asked for and it was at a price i can't argue. It came when it was promised only thing is when I got it the package was a little damaged, but the book was fine. Im sure it was just during the shipping process though
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4.0 out of 5 stars Egan's fundamentals of respiratory care September 13, 2013
By Angelo
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The perfect way to complement e-books. Great book. I would recommend it. Great visual, definitely the book to have and enjoy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Egan's Fundamentals 9th Ed July 14, 2013
By Norm
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I bought the 9th even though the 10th is out because I just needed something to refresh my knowledge. I chose Egan's because it has always been a comprehensive text and that is what I needed; and I chose the 9th because i understood that there weren't many changes between the 9th and 10th. The cost difference was significant. The only downside that I've discovered is that I do not have an user key to access the online resources. Not a deal breaker but just be advised.
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3.0 out of 5 stars great book May 1, 2013
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It is like the RRT's bible! everything is in it. I would suggest this to all who want to study and become a RT.

edited 08/28/2013:
now that I have entered and started the program I feel that this book is useful but its like Egan's believe that the student already know ALL of the keywords and gives you SOME of the definitions in the back of the book. if you get this book you will need to get the definitions of the keywords to understand it fully.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good product. February 6, 2013
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I don't like to write long reviews, I bought what I wanted and it works as expected. I like it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Needs alotta improvement
Egan's may have been the "respiratory bible" at one time, but that time is not now. The organization of the book is very poor and there are many errors that still need to be fixed. Read more
Published 19 months ago by N8
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Service!
Amazon is truly a lifesaver and it does stand by it's products. I order the Egan's Respiratory Care book used and was delighted to see the condition in which the book was in. Read more
Published 24 months ago by PuertoRicanBeauty
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what an aspiring respiratory therapist needs!!
Egans is definitley the text to study from! It has just about all the information you could need to help you in career as an RT! Read more
Published on February 15, 2012 by Bea72
4.0 out of 5 stars Book is great! However, packaging was not!
I ordered this book to further my professional career in respiratory care while I am in college seeking my bachelors in healthcare. I was pleased with the book I received. Read more
Published on February 3, 2012 by doc624
4.0 out of 5 stars comprehensive; but poorly edited
Like most monolithic, "kitchen sink" books created by numerous editors, this text book suffers from choppy, disjointed flow; multiple confusing terminology; conflicting... Read more
Published on January 2, 2012 by Craig Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Resource!
Egan's is The Respiratory Bible. It is well written and explains every aspect of the respiratory therapist in detail. It should be a requirement for any respiratory program.
Published on March 31, 2011 by ART73
5.0 out of 5 stars Egan's
The book was in excellent just like it said and the seller didn't submit shipping information to Amazon right away but sent me a message to let me know the book was going to be on... Read more
Published on November 22, 2010 by Alicia
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