Mechanical Ventilation and Weaning - RD604D

Mechanical Ventilation and Weaning

by Rebecca Oppenmann, MS, RRT, RCP, NRP
(4.3 / 3 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Dietetics/Nutrition (1.00 CPEU)

Price: $20.00
CE-PRO Price: $10.00


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. 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.


The goal of this continuing education program is to provide nurses and dietitians with a more in-depth understanding of mechanical ventilation and the weaning process for critically ill patients. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Describe current modes and ventilator settings.
  • Discuss the nursing care of mechanically ventilated patients.
  • Discuss methods of ventilator weaning to ensure safe patient outcomes.

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses, dietitians, and respiratory therapists.
Dietitians: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at or If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at and search for this topic title.
Relias LLC, is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Continuing Professional Education Provider Accreditation does not constitute endorsement by CDR of a provider, program or materials. This is a level 3 course with suggested CDR learning codes of 3000, 3020, 5000, 5330 and performance indicators of 8.3.6, 8.3.7. 
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition (provider # 50-1489).

Course Originally Released on: 9/2/2010
Date of Most Recent Review: 9/6/2019
Course Termination/Update Date: 9/6/2022

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

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Joel S - Saskatoon, SK  ·  Sep 12, 2019
A good refresher on ventilator settings and manipulation with a bent towards the patient.
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Price: $20.00
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