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Clinical Management of Intubated and Ventilated Patients

Author: Noah H. Carpenter, MD

CE: 2 hours Pharmacology: 0.5 hour
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Course Summary

When a patient is unable to breathe due to illness, injury, or physical impairment, intubation may provide a lifesaving measure. However, the intubation process can be painful and carries its own risks. Appropriate clinical management of the intubated patient is necessary to minimize pain and side effects. Clinicians who manage intubated patients should monitor vital signs and, if possible, communicate with the patient to gain critical information that may decrease the risk of patient morbidity and mortality.

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Course Syllabus

  1.  Introduction
  2. Post-Intubation Sedation
    1. Indication
    2. Type of Sedation
    3. Richmond Agitation Sedation Scale
  3. Analgesia for the Intubated Patient
    1. Pre-emptive Analgesia
    2. Pain Assessment
    3. Effects of Poor Pain Control
  4. Management of the Ventilated Patient
    1. Ventilator Adjustment
    2. Tidal Volume
    3. Positive End Expiratory Pressure
    4. Fraction of Inspired Oxygen
    5. Physiological Monitoring
    6. Prevention of Ventilator Associated Pneumonia
    7. Ocular Care
    8. Stress Ulcer and Prophylactic Agents
  5. Patient Communication
  6. Summary


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