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Course Overview

Annually, an average of 800,000 patient hospitalizations involve mechanical ventilation, with a national estimated cost of 27 billion dollars, or 12 percent of all hospital costs. Proper ventilator management techniques are imperative to provide safe, quality patient care and begins with developing the proper conceptual foundation. Collectively, it is the responsibility of the entire clinical team to ensure optimal outcomes for the mechanically ventilated patient.

About the Course Author

David Hoeft, MD is a board certified Anesthesiologist at American Anesthesiology of New York. In addition to his strong background in physical and chemical sciences, David is actively involved in graduate medical education and research, and brings clinical and didactic expertise across the continuum of medical practice. David Hoeft, MD has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Kristen Ponichtera BSN, RN, CFRN, CTRN, CCRN brings 10 years of clinical and educational experience in the fields of critical care, emergency and aviation medicine. Serving as Program Director of Flight & Critical Care Nursing Education, she has created original comprehensive educational courses as well as has contributed to best-selling publications. An active member of the Air & Surface Transport Nurses Association (ASTNA), the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN), and the Society of Trauma Nurses (STN), she has been revered as a resource and mentor to many clinicians serving in these specialties. Fulfilling roles as a registered nurse, ECMO specialist, director and clinical educator, Kristen brings a unique and original perspective to the realm of medical education. Kristen Ponichtera BSN, RN, CFRN, CTRN, CCRN has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.

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Accreditation Information

Certificates provided by accrediting body (13 Match)

  • American Nurses Credentialing Center

    2.00HOURS

    In support of improving patient care, Relias LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.


  • California Board of Registered Nursing

    2.00HOURS

    Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, CEP# 13791 Nurses will receive 2.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • District of Columbia Board of Nursing

    2.00HOURS

    District of Columbia Board of Nursing Approved Continuing Education program (CEBroker Provider #50-290). Nurses will receive 2.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • Florida Board of Nursing

    2.00HOURS

    Florida Board of Nursing (CEBroker Provider #50-290). Nurses will receive 2.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • Florida Board of Respiratory Care

    2.00HOURS

    This module is approved for 2.0 contact hours by Florida Board of Respiratory Care.
  • Georgia Board of Nursing

    2.00HOURS

    Georgia Board of Nursing (CEBroker Provider #50-290). Nurses will receive 2.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education

    2.00HOURS

    In support of improving patient care, Relias LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.


    Relias LLC designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • South Carolina Board of Nursing

    2.00HOURS

    This program was approved by the South Carolina Board of Nursing Approved Continuing Education Program (CEBroker Provider #50-290).
    Nurses will receive 2.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • Florida Board of Medicine

    2.00HOURS

    Florida Board of Medicine (CEBroker Provider #50-290).
  • Florida Physician Assistants

    2.00HOURS

    Florida Physician Assistants (CEBroker Provider #50-290)
  • West Virginia Board of Registered Nursing

    2.00HOURS

    West Virginia Board of Registered Nursing (CEBroker Provider #50-290).
    Nurses will receive 2.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners - Respiratory Therapy

    2.00HOURS

    Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners - Respiratory Therapy (CEBroker Provider #50-290).
    Respiratory Therapists will receive 2.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • Mississippi State Department of Health Bureau of Professional Licensure Respiratory Care Practitioners

    2.00HOURS

    Mississippi State Department of Health Bureau of Professional Licensure Respiratory Care Practitioners (CEBroker Provider #50-290).
    Respiratory Therapists will receive 2.0 contact hours for participating in this course.


Course Details
  • Course Code:

    REL-AC-0-MANAGEPATIENT1
  • Hours:

    2.00
  • Type:

    Online Course
  • Release Date:

    2018-06-01
  • Expiration Date:

    2021-12-31
  • Learning Objectives:

    Describe principles of managing the mechanically ventilated patient.; Discuss commonly referenced ventilator values used when assessing adequacy of treatment regimen.; Outline the strategies utilized in the approach to mechanical ventilation and the modes of ventilation categorized under these approaches.; Review the concepts of respiratory physiology associated with mechanical ventilation.; Summarize the pharmacology of pain and sedation used during mechanical ventilation.
  • Outline:

    Section 1: Introduction

        A. About This Course

        B. Learning Objectives

    Section 2: Mechanical Ventilation

        A. History of Mechanical Ventilation

        B. Responsibility of Mechanical Ventilation Management

    Section 3: Physiology of Respiration

        A. Principles of Gas Exchange

        B. Molecular Basis of Gas Diffusion: Kinetic Theory

        C. Pressure Measurement of Gases

        D. Flow of Gases to the Blood

        E. Diffusion of Gases Through the Respiratory Membrane

        F. Review

        G. Summary

    Section 4: Ventilator Terminology

        A. Ideal Body Weight (IBW)

        B. Respiratory Rate (f)

        C. Tidal Volume (Vt)

        D. Minute Ventilation (MVe)

        E. I:E Ratio

        F. Fraction of Inspired Oxygen (FiO)

        G. Positive End Expiratory Pressure (PEEP)

        H. Peak Inspiratory Pressure (PIP)

        I. Plateau Pressure (Pplat)

        J. Review

        K. Summary

    Section 5: Modes of Mechanical Ventilation

        A. Categories of Mechanical Ventilation

        B. Modes of Ventilation

        C. Initial Ventilator Strategy Settings

        D. The "Golden Rules" of Ventilator Management

        E. ABG Mediated Ventilator Adjustments

        F. Review

        G.Summary

    Section 6: Management of the Mechanically Ventilated Patient

        A. Analgesia and Sedation

        B. Complication Prevention

        C. Patient and Family Education

        D. Review

        E. Summary

    Section 7: Conclusion

        A. Summary

        B. Course Contributors

        C. Resources

        D. References

        E. Congratulations!

  • Target Audience:

    The target audience for this course is: Entry level Physicians; Nurses; in the following settings: Acute Care Facility.
  • Course Delivery Method and Format:

    Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
    Relias has a grievance policy in place to facilitate reports of dissatisfaction. Relias will make every effort to resolve each grievance in a mutually satisfactory manner. In order to report a complaint or grievance please contact Relias.
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    All courses offered by Relias, LLC are developed from a foundation of diversity, inclusiveness, and a multicultural perspective. Knowledge, values and awareness related to cultural competency are infused throughout the course content.
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    All characteristics and organizations referenced in the following training are fictional. Any resemblance to any actual organizations or persons living or dead, is purely coincidental.
    To earn continuing education credit for this course you must achieve a passing score of 80% on the post-test and complete the course evaluation.
  • Accommodations:

    If you require special accommodations to complete this module, please contact Relias Customer Support here.
  • Disclosures:

    Expert Reviewers, Instructors, and Staff Writers disclosures will be listed above after the individuals' biographical paragraph. All other members involved within the planning of this educational activity have declared no conflict of interest exists when planning and developing this course.