Let's start with a google search for respiratory anatomy images.
Radiology basics can be found at Dr. Chandrasekhar's Loyola University introduction to Chest Radiology, chestx-ray.com, usuhs basic chest review, these Uni Virginia Radiology courses on Chest X-Rays , ICU Chest Film interpretation, chest CT interpretation and CTPA. RadiologyMasterClass.
Afterwards test your knowledge at CIDER.
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine has a fantastic set of pages on Respiratory Physiology. For a graphically rich experience look at Ritchi Song's pages. The Worldwide Anaesthetist has a page on Normal Lung Function (highly recommended). Also consider AC Brown's site, the World Federation of Anaesthetists notes, For links try Wikipedia
Acid-Base Physiology is covered in the VAT chapter on Water and Electrolyte Homeostasis, Renal and Acid-Base Physiology.
Chris Thompson's notes on Ventilation contain a section on lung physiology and mechanics. Paul Forrest provides slides on Control of Ventilation, GasExchange, the Pulmonary Circulation and Ventilation and Perfusion.
Some classic books:
Nunn's Applied Respiratory Physiology; Andrew Lumb
The Lung : Scientific Foundations; Ronald G. Crystal (Editor) et al.
Physiology and Pharmacology of Cardio-Respiratory Control; Albert Dahan (Editor) et al.
Cardiovascular Physiology; Robert M. Berne, Matthew N. Levy
Review of Medical Physiology (18th Ed); William F. Ganong
Textbook of Medical Physiology; Arthur C. Guyton, John E. Hall
The R.A.L.E. Repository at Winnipeg in Canada has a variety of normal and pathological lung sounds (both WAV and Realaudio formats) to check out. You can also download demo versions of their new software which features more extensive sets of lung sounds as well as other fantastic teaching material. Magill University also has a Virtual Stethoscope but you'll need a java enabled browser to hear the sounds. Martingdale lists similar resources.
UCSD Clinical Skills presents an organized approach based upon observation, palpation, percussion, and auscultation. Aimed at medical students they may nevertheless be useful for all of us. Other systems are presented as well. This YouTube video shows the basics.
Jeff Pray has a page to test your knowledge of spirometry and includes some good looking references and other information.
Loyola University has an incomplete set of pages on Respiratory Medicine for Medical Students with some lessons on respiratory function tests.
Chris Thompson has some notes on Oxygen Monitoring which has a small section on monitoring patient oxygenation.
If you use an oesophageal/precordial stethoscope you might be interested in an FM transmitter.
Airway pressure disconnect alarms and/or exhaled volume alarms are important during anaesthesia.
Modern ventilators provide waveforms for airflow and pressure, including flow/volume loops etc. Useful information is difficult to find. Chris Thompson has made a set of slides (html) that explain how to optimise PEEP, adjust inspiratory/expiratory times and recruit collapsed lung using flow curve and tidal volume data. Here is excellent graphical description of how to interpret flow and volume waveforms in neonatal ventilation, including optimisation of inspiratory time etc.
Wikipedia provides an overview of mechanical ventilation technologies.
For an excellent discussion of the subject by John Loadsman check out this review. For Sleep Apnoea patients John Loadsman has a document about Anaesthesia and the Sleep Apnoea Sufferer. More general information on Sleep Disorders, for everyone from patients to specialists, can be found at or via the following pages:
Monash University provide and excellent review of paediatric upper airway obstruction and its acute management.
See also the VAT chapter on intubation and the airway.
The Central Respiratory Effects of Benzodiazepines are notes from John Loadsman. It includes a fairly extensive literature review on the subject as well as detailed info about their mechanism of action.
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This chapter originally written by John Loadsman.