Mechanical Ventilation and Weaning - RT604

Mechanical Ventilation and Weaning

by Rebecca Oppenmann, MS, RRT, RCP, NRP
(4.8 / 78 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Respiratory Therapy (1.00 Contact Hr)

Price: $12.00
CE-PRO Price: $6.00


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.
Respiratory therapists: 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.
This program has been approved for 1 contact hour of Continuing Respiratory Care Education (CRCE) credit by the American Association for Respiratory Care, 9425 N. MacArthur Blvd., Suite 100, Irving, TX 75063. AARC Sponsor ID: 9514012. This is a non-traditional course. The course has been approved from 11/29/2019 to 11/29/2020
If you are a respiratory therapist, remember to give us your AARC member number when filling out your license number information.
OnCourse Learning is also approved by the Florida Board of Respiratory Care (provider #FBN 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. There is no commercial or in-kind support provided for this online educational activity.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module. For successful completion of this course, learners must read the course, and complete a posttest and evaluation survey.

This CE activity does not include any unannounced information about off-label use of a product for a purpose other than that for which is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The approval status for this educational activity, granted by the AARC, does not expressly or implicitly confer AARC endorsement of the activity’s content.


For Florida professionals:

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Jane J - Gaithersburg , MD  ·  Apr 06, 2020
very interesting and maybe I may have to use this one day
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Pamela B - san lorenzo, CA  ·  Apr 04, 2020
great review. this course is appropriate for the subject and has helped me review my knowledge base
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Michael L - Reading, PA  ·  Apr 02, 2020
Awesome review of ventilation strategies.
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Jordan O - Fort Worth, TX  ·  Mar 22, 2020
The vent CEUs are always vital to recheck on and retest on, especially being an ICU therapist.
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Mandy F - brooklyn, NY  ·  Mar 19, 2020
informative and imperative to learning
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Price: $12.00
CE-PRO Price: $6.00