The respiratory system is made up of air passages starting at the nose and mouth, and ending in the alveoli. In between are the pharynx, larynx, trachea, and lungs (bronchi and bronchioles). The alveoli are for gas exchange, absorbing O2 and eliminating CO2. The respiratory system can be divided into the upper and lower respiratory tract.
- Identify the function and structure of the respiratory system and ear, nose and throat (ENT)
- Know relevant historical features of respiratory and ENT issues, risk factors and symptoms
- Describe common disorders of the respiratory system, and the ears, nose and throat
- Know a standard exam for the ENT and respiratory systems, and how to document them
- Understand common tests, procedures and treatment for respiratory, airway and ENT conditions
- Identify medications commonly prescribed for the treatment of conditions relating to these systems
- Write medical charts for patients presenting with either respiratory or ENT conditions