Management of the Mechanical Ventilator is the responsibility of the Respiratory Therapist; although, nurses must be aware of the settings and alarms to effectively care for patients who require an advanced airway. Accordingly, fundamentals of Mechanical Ventilation will enhance a nurses understanding of current modes and settings of ventilation.
In summary, students will learn how to apply critical thinking when modifications to PEEP, FIO2, Rate and Tidal Volume occur. Additionally, modes of ventilation, such as AC, SIMV and Pressure Support, along with the Trigger, Control, and Cycle will be discussed. Fundamentals of Mechanical Ventilation also includes knowledge of exercise-appropriate assessments, and safe weaning techniques. Last but not least, students will learn the adverse events of mechanical ventilation, such as hyperoxia, barotrauma, VAP, decreased cardiac output, absorptive atelectasis, and more.