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An Introduction To Mechanical Ventilation

Author: Dana Bartlett, BSN, MSN, MA, CSPI
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CE: 2.5 hours Pharmacology: 0.5 hour
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Course Summary

Mechanical ventilation is a life-saving treatment to support patients that are unable to ventilate and oxygenate on their own. The skills required by health teams to manage a ventilation unit are typically standardized to ensure safe handling of ventilation equipment and for proper management of patients during their course of care. Mechanically ventilated patients often receive medication for sedation and pain control that require a qualified interdisciplinary team to administer and evaluate outcomes. Therapeutic modalities of mechanical ventilation and pharmacology needed to support treatment and patient comfort are reviewed.

Course Format


Course Syllabus

  • Introduction
  • What Is Mechanical Ventilation
  • Indications For The Use Of Mechanical Ventilation
  • Modes Of Mechanical Ventilation And Ventilator Settings
  • Complications Of Mechanical Ventilation
  • Basic Care Of A Patient Who Is Mechanically Ventilated
  • Sedation During Mechanical Ventilation
  • Pain Assessment And Control
  • Psychological Assessment
  • Ventilator Bundles
  • Weaning From Mechanical Ventilation
  • Summary


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