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Course Overview

Caring for mechanically ventilated patients is one of the most commonly used technologies and challenging parts of nursing care. Promoting patient safety is paramount in caring for mechanically ventilated patients. Patients who require mechanical ventilation for more than three days are at an increased risk to develop complications, prolonged length of stay in the ICU, ventilator dependence, and death. The nurse and other healthcare professionals must understand current modes and settings of ventilation, exercise-appropriate assessment, ventilation management skills, and safe and successful weaning techniques. Mechanical ventilation is initiated in the ICU for various reasons, including acute respiratory failure or arrest (the most common reason), exacerbation of COPD, coma, neurological diseases, and postoperative ventilation support. During acute respiratory failure, a patient cannot maintain normal ventilation and gas exchange. The primary goals of mechanical ventilation are to enhance pulmonary gas exchange, decrease work of breathing, increase lung volume, reduce respiratory muscle fatigue, reverse respiratory distress and respiratory failure, improve hypoxemia, and facilitate lung healing.

About the Course Author

Rebecca Oppenmann, MS, RRT, RCP, NRP 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 (15 Match)

  • American Nurses Credentialing Center

    1.00HOURS


    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.


    Nurses will receive 1.0 Nursing Contact Hours after successfully completing this course.
  • California Board of Registered Nursing

    1.00HOURS

    Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, CEP# 13791 Nurses will receive 1.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • District of Columbia Board of Nursing

    1.00HOURS


    District of Columbia Board of Nursing Approved Continuing Education program (CEBroker Provider #50-290).

    Nurses will receive 1.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • Florida Board of Nursing

    1.00HOURS


    Florida Board of Nursing (CEBroker Provider #50-290)

    Nurses will receive 1.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • American Association for Respiratory Care

    1.00HOURS


    This program has been approved as non-traditional Continuing Respiratory Care Education (CRCE) credit by the American Association for Respiratory Care, 9425 N. MacArthur Blvd. Suite 100 Irving TX 75063.


    Approval #: 184133000
    This activity is approved for 1.0 contact hours.
  • Commission on Dietetic Registration

    1.00HOURS


    As a Jointly Accredited organization, Relias LLC is accredited to offer dietetic continuing education by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). The CDR is an associate member of Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education.

  • Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition

    1.00HOURS


    Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition (CEBroker Provider #50-290)

    This course is approved for 1.0 contact hours.
  • Florida Board of Respiratory Care

    1.00HOURS


    Florida Board of Respiratory Care (CEBroker Provider #50-290)

    This module is approved for 1.0 contact hours.
  • Georgia Board of Nursing

    1.00HOURS


    Georgia Board of Nursing (CEBroker Provider #50-290)

    Nurses will receive 1.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • South Carolina Board of Nursing

    1.00HOURS


    South Carolina Board of Nursing (CEBroker Provider #50-290)

    Nurses will receive 1.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • West Virginia Board of Registered Nursing

    1.00HOURS


    West Virginia Board of Registered Nursing (CEBroker Provider #50-290)

    Nurses will receive 1.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • New Mexico Board of Nursing

    1.00HOURS


    New Mexico Board of Nursing (CEBroker Provider #50-290)

    Nurses will receive 1.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • Arkansas State Board of Nursing

    1.00HOURS


    Arkansas State Board Of Nursing Approved Continuing Education program (CEBroker Provider #50-290).

    Nurses will receive 1.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners - Respiratory Therapy

    1.00HOURS


    Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners - Respiratory Therapy (CEBroker Provider #50-290)

    Respiratory Therapists will receive 1.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • Mississippi State Department of Health Bureau of Professional Licensure Respiratory Care Practitioners

    1.00HOURS


    Mississippi State Department of Health Bureau of Professional Licensure Respiratory Care Practitioners (CEBroker Provider #50-290)

    Respiratory Therapists will receive 1.0 contact hours for participating in this course.


Course Details
  • Course Code:

    REL-ACU-0-CE604
  • Hours:

    1.00
  • Type:

    Online Course
  • Release Date:

    2019-05-01
  • Expiration Date:

    2022-09-06
  • Learning Objectives:

    Describe current modes and ventilator settings.; Discuss methods of ventilator weaning to ensure safe patient outcomes.; Discuss the nursing care of mechanically ventilated patients.
  • Target Audience:

    The target audience for this course is: Level III level Dietitians; Nurses; Respiratory Therapists; 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.
    If you require special accommodations to complete this module, please contact Relias Support by completing the web form (https://www.relias.com/help) or by using the chat functionality.
    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.
    Reference herein to any specific commercial product, process, or service by trade name, trademark, service mark, manufacturer or otherwise does not constitute or imply any endorsement, recommendation, or favoring of, or affiliation with, Relias, LLC.
    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.