Blood Gas Management & Mechanical Ventilation

Class Overview

Duration: 4 hours

Continuing Education: 6 CE

Assessment: Written Test

Class Schedule

NEO Orange County

NEO San Diego

Course Summary

Upon completion of Blood Gas Interpretation and Mechanical Ventilation Management the learner will be able to:


  • Define the component of blood gases, the pH, CO2, HCO3 and base
  • Describe the significance of ↑CO2
  • Describe the significance of ↓CO2
  • Describe the significance of abnormal HCO3
  • Determine if the blood gas is compensated or decompensated
  • Determine if an abnormal blood gas is metabolic or respiratory
  • Define base deficit, PaO2, SaO2, oxygen affinity, hemoglobin dissociated
    curve with a shift to the left or a shift to the right, oxygen tension, and
    the Krebs cycle.
  • Discuss the consequences of anaerobic metabolism
  • Discuss the conditions that lend to metabolic acidosis
  • Causes and treatments of metabolic acidosis
  • Causes and treatments of respiratory acidosis
  • Describe the difference between negative pressure ventilators versus
    positive pressure ventilators.
  • Describe the physiology of ventilation
  • Describe the difference between hypoxemic respiratory failure and
    hypercapneic respiratory failure.
  • Discuss the risk of ventilator support
  • Name the types of ventilator supports[jcol/]
  • Define SIMV, IMV, PEEP, CPAP, BiPAP ventilators
  • Describe the formation and hazards of oxygen radicals.
  • Define Tidal volume, minute volume, respiratory rate, peak inspiratory
    pressure, mean arterial pressure, I:E ratio, and flow rate.
  • Determine 6 blood gasses and adjust the mechanical ventilator
  • Discuss the management of ↑CO2
  • Discuss the management of PaO2
  • Discuss the preparation for weaning the patient off the ventilator
  • Discuss the parameters for weaning from the mechanical ventilator
  • Discuss the assessments during weaning
  • Discuss the common causes of high pressure alarms versus low pressure
  • Discuss assessment of the patient with ventilator problems.
  • Discuss how vigilance wards off complications
  • Discuss the interventions for the patient that deteriorates while bein ventilated mechanically.
  • Describe the high oscillatory ventilation for the sick infant (HFOV)
  • Describe indications for CPAP.

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