This 45 minute eCPD tutorial discusses mechanical ventilators, which are an integral part of an intensive care unit. There are a variety of patients that may benefit from mechanical ventilation such as those with hypoxemia (Pa02 <60mmHg) in spite of oxygen therapy, hypercapnic patients (PaC02>60mmHg) or those at risk of impending respiratory failure. Mechanical ventilation requires a dedicated nurse to care for the patient. This tutorial will provide an overview of how to care for a patient on a ventilator, including:
- Indications to ventilate
- Types of mechanical ventilator
- Nursing considerations
- Record keeping
- Weaning from the ventilator
- Common complications
Eleanor Haskey BSc(hons), VTS(ECC), VPAC A1, RVN
This tutorial is worth 40 minutes of CPD.
Course notes to accompany this tutorial are included.