Managing the Mechanical Ventilator will empower nurses with the knowledge to understand ventilation management.
Moreover, at the end of the course the nurse will be able to confidently answer:
“What do I need to know to plan my shift?”
“Which patient assessment parameters are crucial?”
“What evidence-based practice guidelines should I follow?”
The key in caring for patients who are on a mechanical ventilator is to have a thorough understanding on the basics of mechanical ventilation.
Above all, nurses are at the front lines of patient care and therefore are most likely to encounter a problem. Thus, prompt recognition of ventilator associated problems may help resolve acute respiratory distress or arrest. Additionally, vigilance helps prevent lung injury. Even more, the lungs are fragile hence susceptible to damage from excessive oxygen, large tidal volumes, and fast respiratory rates.