Pathophysiology Pharmacology 1

Below are the topics, handouts, and notes for Pathophysiology and Pharmacology I. Click on the lecture boxes to see the lecture files (mp3) for that topic. Alternatively, you may download the lectures as a zip file or subscribe as a podcast.

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Overall Course Materials

Test Guides

  • Test 2
  • Test 3
  • Test 4
  • Test 5
  • Final exam

Expect at least one question on each drug class. Usually on the big things talked about, so for example

  • Vanco: what makes it special, what is it used for, how is it absorbed, major adverse effects, how is it given and monitored
  • Flagyl: what is it used for, what’s the major adverse effect, what is the major interaction
  • Linezolid: what is it used for? What is the major interaction, what are the food issues?
  • Understand the four basic mechanisms of bacterial resistance
  • Understand the CDC recommendations to reduce bacterial resistance
  • Know the difference between colonization and infection
  • Know the local and systemic signs and symptoms of infection
  • Know the WBC levels and Neutrophils/Bands
  • Know the difference between shift left/right
  • Why is strep throat a big deal?
  • What are the alternatives to penicillin?
  • C. diff, causes and treatments
  • The less time we spent on a drug, the fewer questions will likely be on it.
  • UTI types and drugs
  • Know the types of Hepatitis, how they’re transmitted, which ones can become chronic, and which ones have a vaccine

There will be a question on this new Hepatis C drug:

Here are the flu articles that I mentioned:

~60 questions Half immune/inflammation and Half pain Also about half patho, half pharm

Generally speaking there will be at least one question on every major topic: So for the immune system things like:

  • Fluid balance (edema control)
  • Inflammatory mediators
  • Complement
  • WBCs of various types
  • Differences between T cells
  • Life cycle of a T cell
  • Same for B cells
  • Four types of antibodies and purpose of each type
  • Four functions of antibodies
  • Types of vaccines
  • Septic Shock
  • DIC
  • Hypersensitivity
  • Wound healing
  • How the immune and inflammatory side work together
  • Pain Tolerance/Threshold
  • Acute/Chronic Pain
  • Steps in pain process
  • Principles of Pain management
  • Addiction
  • All the drugs

Some things in the reading/podcasts that you should know that we did not cover in class Pyrogens Lab tests for inflammation Article on IV Acetaminophen Finally, Do the So You Think You’re Good Quiz on my website (through pain)


Unit 1 Introduction

Topics Include:

  • Pathophysiology Terms and Concepts
  • Pharmacology Terms and Concepts

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Introduction Lectures:

Unit 2: Peripheral Neuro

Topics Include

  • Basic Neuro physiology
  • Divisions of Nervous System
  • Pharmacology of Peripheral Nervous System

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Neuro Lectures

  • Peripheral Neuro Introduction
  • Neuro Pharmacology

Unit 3 Antibiotics and Infections

This module covers antibiotics, antifungals, and antimicrobials as well as general infection topics. You will need to know that fever and high WBCs are associated with infection.
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Antibiotics Lectures

Unit 4 Inflammation and Pain

This module covers the cells and organs of the immune system, inflammatory processes, and their control mechanisms. It also covers infections and allergies (hypersensitivity reactions).

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Inflammation and Pain Lectures

  • Inflammation and Immunity Lectures
Inflammation and Immunity 1: Fluid physiology and edema Inflammation and Immunity 2: Inflammation in general; S/S Inflammation and Immunity 3: Zymogens, White Blood Cells Inflammation and Immunity 4: Recap, Inflammation vs Immunity, Adaptive (or Specific) Immune System Inflammation and Immunity 5: WBCs continued, Lymphocytes, Basic Immune process Inflammation and Immunity 6: Antibodies and B cells, Antigens, MHC, Complement Inflammation and Immunity 7: The big picture. Interplay of Inflammation and Immunity, Cell mediated and humoral immunity Inflammation and Immunity 8: Types of shock. Memory, vaccines Inflammation and Immunity 9: Recap and the big picture, Healing and Wounds Inflammation and Immunity 10: Age related changes and other factors affecting healing, Hypersensitivity reactions. Inflammation and Immunity 11: Hypersensitivity reactions continued, Measures of immune function and lab values. Inflammation and Immunity 12: Anti-inflammatories: Antihistamine, NSAIDS (no detail), Steroids, Immunosuppressants Inflammation and Immunity 13: Steroids continued

Unit 5 Pain

Anatomy and Physiology of pain, non pharmacologic measures, and drugs used in pain management:

  • Anesthetics
  • Acetaminophen
  • Opioids

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Pain Lectures

  • Pain Lectures
Pain 1: Pain definitions and transmission Pain 2: Theory of Pain, Pain physiology continued, Acute vs Chronic Pain Pain 3: Pain Management; nonpharmacologic; pharmacological, Local anesthetics, Opioids, Narcan Pain 4: Off-topic (Transplants), Morphine (detail) Pain 5: Morphine (detail continued), Narcan, Pain management, ICP Pain6: Pain management schedules and techniques (Routine, PRN, PCA), Tolerance, Addiction Pain 7: Prostaglandins, Inflammation, NSAIDS, ASA, Acetaminophen Pain 8: COX-2 inhibitors, OTC pain medications

Unit 6: Fluid & Electrolytes and Acid Base Balance

  • Fluid physiology and types of fluids
  • Electrolyte interpretation and medications
  • Acid Base Balance

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  • Fluids and Electrolytes
  • Acid Base
  • Review

Fluids and Electrolytes 1: Definitions, normal values, Fluid spaces, Basic fluid physiology, osmosis and diffusion Fluids and Electrolytes 2: Fluid physiology cont, Blood pressure, distribution, organs and control, Assessment Fluids and Electrolytes 3: Dehydration and Fluid Overload, Sodium imbalances, Fluid replacement solutions Fluids and Electrolytes 4: Electrolytes, BMP interpretation, Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium, Sodium Fluids and Electrolytes 5: Potassium imbalances and treatments, Calcium imbalances and treatments (more detail in Patho-pharm 2)

Unit 7 Respiratory

Respiratory anatomy and physiology

  • Basic respiratory pathophysiology
  • Respiratory diseases
  • Respiratory pharmacology

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  • Respiratory A&P
  • Respiratory Manifestations
  • Respiratory Diseases
  • Respiratory Pharmacology

Respiratory 01 A&P Lungs, bronchi A&P. Glucose + O2 –> H20 + CO2 Respiratory 02 A&P Anatomy continued. Alveoli –> Increases surface area. Circulation to the lungs Respiratory 03 A&P Control of breathing Bronchoconstriction and dilation “Enhance this: beta-2 stimulation” or “Inhibit this: parasympathetic system” Respiratory 04 A&P Defense of Respiratory Tract Mechanics of breathing Oxygen diffusion Respiratory 05 A&P Oxygen transport in blood. Hemoglobin

Respiratory 01 Manifestations Dyspnea, Breathing Patterns Respiratory 02 Manifestation Hypoventilation, Hyperventilation, Hypercapnia, Cough, Cyanosis, Chest Pain Respiratory 03 Manifestation Recap Clubbing, Sputum sample, Hypercapnia, Perfusion of lung, Respiratory Failure Respiratory 04 Manifestation Respiratory 05 Manifestation

Respiratory 01 Diseases ARDS Post op Respiratory failure Respiratory 02 Diseases Asthma Respiratory 03 Diseases COPD: Chronic Bronchitis Respiratory 04 Diseases COPD: Emphysema Respiratory 05 Diseases Respiratory infections: Rhinitis, Sinusitis, Pharyngitis, Bronchitis, Pneumonia Pulmonary embolism Cancer

Respiratory 01 Pharmacology Inhalers: MDI, DPI, Nebulizer Bronchodilators Respiratory 02 Pharmacology Respiratory Anti-inflammatories Step up and Step down approach Rule of 2s COPD treatment Respiratory 03 Pharmacology Rhinitis treatments Cough suppresssants

Unit 8: Hematologic

  • Physiology of blood
  • CBC interpretation
  • Anemia physiology and pharmacology
  • Blood Products

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  • Blood Physiology and Lab Values
  • Anemias
  • Review
Physiology of Blood Composition and functions of blood. Hematopoeisis Lab values Review of WBCs WBC review and Platelets WBC w/differential ANC calculation Platelets Red blood cells and Hemoglobin Erythropoiesis Hemoglobin Lab values B12 and Folate Hemoglobin Continued Folic acid continued Iron Hemoglobin breakdown products
CBC interpretation The details of the lab values you need to memorize are slightly different than the podcast. Please refer to the current lab sheet. I will not ask you questions with lab values that are vague. Anemias Overview Overview of Anemias Major types and Common Signs and Symptoms Pernicious Anemia Anemias 2 Folic acid deficiency anemia Iron deficiency anemia Anemias 3 Post-hemorrhagic Aplastic Hemolytic Anemia of Chronic Disease Anemias 4 Hemolytic Anemia of Chronic Disease

Unit 9: Bleeding and Clotting

  • Physiology of clotting
  • Various clotting and bleeding disorders
  • Lab tests of clotting
  • Antiplatelet drugs
  • Anticoagulant drugs
  • Thrombolytic drugs

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