RRT Exam Practice Questions

RRT Exam Practice and Review

Respiratory Therapy Study Guide

Passing the NBRC RRT board exams on the first try is hard work!

There, I said it.

Despite the promises some exam review companies make, the reality is that passing on the first attempt is going to require A lot of blood, sweat, and tears from YOU!

Sorry, don’t mean to scare you. Blood actually should not be involved in this process. But tears and sweat? Yep, that’s probably gonna happen.

Another thing that kind of gets me going is the pass rates some of these exam prep companies put on their websites. One says 98% pass rate. Another says 95% pass rate.

What they don’t tell you is how many times their students actually had to take the test to pass. Another important point they leave out is how they actually get this information. Truth is…nobody knows. I guess we’re just supposed to trust them.

So, in the next few months I hope to start shaking things up.

I’m going to be releasing RRT exam study guides and courses that are low on fluff, high on actionable content, and easy on your wallet.

Meanwhile, I hope you enjoy the following FREE questions developed from the most recent NBRC RRT Exam testing matrix.
1. An oropharyngeal airway is placed in a lethargic patient to maintain a patent airway. The patient begins to cough and gag. The respiratory therapist should?
A. Reassure the patient
B. Continue to monitor the patient
C. Remove the oropharyngeal airway
D. Intubate the patient

A. Incorrect. Reassuring the patient will have no effect on the patient’s gag reflex.
B. Incorrect. The oropharyngeal airway must be removed before the patient gags, vomits, and aspirates.
C. Correct. Oropharyngeal airways should only be placed in unconscious or heavily sedated patients.
D. Incorrect. Intubation is not indicated.

2. Immediately following endotracheal intubation a disposable calorimetric CO2 detector changes color from purple to yellow. This color change most likely indicates the ETT is?
A. In the esophagus
B. In the right mainstem bronchus
C. In the airway
D. Kinked

A. Incorrect. Esophageal intubation would reveal a purple color, indicating 0% CO2.
B. Incorrect. Disposable calorimetric CO2 detectors cannot distinguish right or left mainstem intubation.
C. Correct. A yellow appearance indicates the presence of approximately 5% carbon dioxide.
D. Incorrect. A kinked ETT would not allow any ventilation or gas exchange. As a result, the ETCO2 detector would remain purple.

3. Which of the following devices maintains patency of the stoma following decanulation?
A. Nasopharyngeal airway
B. Oropharyngeal airway
C. Trachesotomy button
D. Trans tracheal catheter

A. Incorrect
B. Incorrect
C. Correct. A tracheostomy button is often used to maintain the potency of the stoma after a patient has been decannulated.
D. Incorrect

4. Which of the following steps during manual bag mask ventilation will help ensure the highest delivered oxygen level?
A. Use a flow rate of 10 to 15 LPM
B. Deliver breath over 1 second
C. Use bag with an oxygen reservoir
D. All of the above

The correct answer is D. all of the above. All of these steps will help ensure the highest delivered oxygen level.

5. Contraindications to LMA insertion include?

A. Conscious or semi-conscious patients
B. Patients with a risk of aspiration
C. Patients who are spontaneously breathing
D. Both A and B

The correct answer is D.
LMA insertion is contraindicated in conscious or semi-conscious patients and patients at risk of aspiration.

For more airway management questions and review, check out the second book in the board exam series below.

Respiratory Therapy Study Guide

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