Basic Anesthetic and Pharmacologic Principles of Anesthesia

Course Number: RNA 63045
5 Credits


This course integrates basic principles of anesthesia with pharmacologic chemical and physical principles involved in the administration of anesthetic drugs and perioperative management of the surgical patient. The basic principles of anesthesia covered include fluid management, equipment and monitoring, regional anesthesia, and beginning airway management. Pharmacologic principles discussed include states and properties of matter, laws governing the behavior of gases, flow and vaporization as well as the description of anesthetic drugs and agents common to clinical practice. Content includes chemistry of anesthetic drugs, uptake, distribution, and toxicology of anesthetic drugs. The human patient simulator is incorporated into the learning process to reinforce principles introduced in class.