Practice educators and mentors are now expected to have the skills and techniques needed to implement a ‘learning skills through simulation’ program into established curricula, yet using simulation to teach while of huge importance – requires careful and time-consuming planning. This valuable resource takes away some of that burden by providing clear, ready-made activities and guidance from leading practitioners in a range of fields, which healthcare and practice educators and mentors can use to enhance their teaching of all the essential and commonly-taught clinical and management skills and knowledge.

Dedicated chapters, which all follow a defined step-by-step format, provide simulation scenarios, alongside facilitator guidance, which will help develop confidence in the teaching of key skills such as:

Drug administration; Conflict management; Infection control; Breaking bad news; Catheter and bowel care

These scenarios and accompanying guidance can be used as a framework for teaching, promoting a greater understanding of the skill being taught, and providing a risk-free opportunity for the student to practice their clinical and managerial skills and judgment.

Respiratory Care: O2 Therapy, Pulse Oximetry and Inhaled Medication

Respiratory care: O2 therapy, pulse oximetry and inhaled medication
CatherineEasthope, PhilipJevon and StevenWebb


The aim of this chapter is to understand how to provide simulation training in the teaching of respiratory skills.

Chapter Objectives

At the end of this chapter the reader will be able to provide simulation in:

  • Peak expiratory flow measurement
  • Use of a metered dose inhaler
  • Use of a spacer device
  • Use of a nebuliser
  • Use of a non-rebreathe mask
  • Pulse oximetry.

Peak Expiratory Flow Measurement


Peak expiratory flow (PEF), also called the peak expiratory flow rate (PEFR), can be defined as a person's maximum speed of expiration. It measures the airflow through the bronchi and thus the degree of obstruction in the airways.

The measurement of peak expiratory flow was pioneered by Dr Martin ...

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