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The Basics of Mechanical Ventilation

Author: Noah Carpenter, MD and Dana Bartlett, RN, BSN, MSN, MA, CSPI

CE: 2 hours Pharmacology: 0.5 hour
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Course Summary

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

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Course Syllabus

  1. Introduction
  1. Mechanical Ventilation Techniques and Indication
  1. Postoperative Respiratory Failure
  1. Modes of Mechanical Ventilation and Ventilator Settings
  1. Complications of Mechanical Ventilation
  1. Barotrauma, GI Conditions, Oxygen Toxicity, Sinus Infections
  2. Ventilator-Associated Lung Injury
  3. Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia
  1. Basic Care for Mechanically Ventilated Patients
  1. Suctioning
  2. Endotracheal Suctioning
  1. Sedation During Mechanical Ventilation
  1. Benzodiazepines
  2. Butyrophenones
  3. Dexmedetomidine
  4. Ketamine
  5. Fentanyl
  6. Propofol
  1. Pain Assessment and Control
  1. Mental Health Care
  1. Ventilator Bundles
  1. Daily Sedation Interruption
  2. Deep Vein Thrombosis Prophylaxis
  3. Closed Suctioning and Subglottic Suctioning
  4. Peptic Ulcer Prophylaxis
  5. Patient Positioning, Enteral Feedings, and Aspiration
  1. Weaning from Mechanical Ventilation
  1. Case Study: Ventilated Patient with Malignant Hyperthermia
  1. Discussion
  1. Summary


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