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Respiratory Therapy- Prof. Sparaco AHS 112: Suggested Paper Topics

Prof. Sparaco's Suggested Term Paper Topics


1. Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS): Pathology & Current Clinical Management

2. Non-Invasive Positive Pressure Ventilation

3. Ventilator Associated Events, Ventilator Associated Conditions, Infection-Related Ventilator Associated Complications, and Ventilator Associated Pneumonia (VAEs, VACs, IVACs, VAPs)

4. Discontinuing (Weaning) Ventilation - Acute Care Setting

5. Discontinuing (Weaning) Prolonged Mechanical Ventilation  

6. Asthma: Pathology & Current Clinical Management

7. Heliox Therapy: Theory & Clinical Application for Intubated & Non-Intubated Patients

8. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: Pathology & Current Clinical Management

9. Aerosol Therapy: Traditional & New Drugs in Aerosol Medicine 

10. Aerosol Therapy: SVNs, MDIs, DPIs & Evolving Aerosol Technologies

11. High Frequency Jet Ventilation: History & Current Use

12. High Frequency Oscillatory Ventilation: History & Current Use

13. Inhaled Nitric Oxide in Respiratory Care

14. Lung Volume Reduction Surgery

15. Sleep Apnea: Obstructive vs. Central

16. Emergency Airway Management: Tubes & Techniques

17. Smoking, Health & Cessation Programs

18. Infant Respiratory Distress Syndrome: Pathology & Current Clinical Management

19. Protective Lung Strategies & Permissive Hypercapnea in ARDS

20. Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome and the Lung

21. Aerosolized Antibiotics: Efficacy and Delivery Systems

22. Cystic Fibrosis: Pathogenesis and Pulmonary Implications

23. Long-Term Oxygen Therapy

24. Capnography in Respiratory Care

25. Surfactant Therapy: New & Evolving Agents & Delivery Systems

26. Recruitment Maneuvers & PEEP in ARDS

27. Patient-Ventilator Interactions

28. Inhaled Carbon Monoxide as a Therapeutic Gas

29. Alpha 1 Antitrypsin Deficiency & Pulmonary Disease

Search Techniques to Find Specific Information on Suggested Topics

Where do you begin to find the information you need on specific topics?

  1. Select Databases from the Library's homepage.

2. The Databases are arranged in alphabetical order. The most relevant to Respiratory Therapy are CINAHL and MEDLINE.  The interfaces for CINAHL and MEDLINE are similar.

3. Click on Advanced Search.

4. Enter your keyword search terms in each box.  Each term can be combined with the term above it.

This search will result in articles that have information about both asthma AND its pathology.

4. If you conducted your search here, you would probably get too many results, and several of them would be irrelevant.  To make your results more accurate, it's a good idea to select limiters.  Limiters, let you narrow your search.   The more you choose, the less results you will get.


After you select the limiters you need, click Search.