- Identify anatomical structures associated with the lower respiratory tract and their functions.
- Explain how the autonomic nervous system controls airflow in the lower respiratory tract, and how this process can be modified with drugs.
- Compare the advantages and disadvantages of using the inhalation route of drug administration for pulmonary drugs.
- Describe the types of devices used to deliver aerosol therapies via the inhalation route.
- Compare and contrast the pharmacotherapy of acute and chronic asthma.
- Describe the nurse’s role in the pharmacological treatment of lower respiratory tract disorders.
- For each of the classes listed in Drugs at a Glance, know representative drugs, and explain their mechanism of drug action, primary actions on the respiratory system, and important adverse effects.
- Categorize drugs used in the treatment of lower respiratory tract disorders based on their classification and mechanisms of action.
- Use the Nursing Process to care for clients who are receiving pharmacotherapy for lower respiratory tract disorders.