Learn about the basic concepts of pulmonary anatomy and physiology. Understand the normal functioning of the respiratory system and how ventilation and circulation interact with oxygen uptake and carbon dioxide elimination (ventilation perfusion relationship).
Learn about factors that may lead to respiratory failure, including those that negatively impact the quality of the patient's airway, lungs, and ventilatory drive. Understand how conditions that contribute to respiratory failure may be prevented.
Learn how controlled and dependent variables of each ventilation inflation type are influenced by airway resistance — lung/chest wall compliance, and elastance — and their importance in detecting changes in patient conditions.
This course is designed to explain a multidisciplinary team perspective on airway management. This will include deciding on when to intervene and how to intubate, among other factors.
The purpose of this course is to introduce the factors to be considered when a patient requires mechanical ventilation.
The journey of a patient undergoing mechanical ventilation is hard. We will discuss how the period of mechanical ventilation affects the patient after liberation from it.
This course is designed to describe the role of sedation during mechanical ventilation. We will review patient targeted sedation protocols, sedation scales, and adverse effects.
We will define the concept of asynchrony, also referred to as dyssynchrony, which is a common condition in mechanically ventilated patients where there is poor coordination between the ventilator and the patient.
This course will present the incidence and adverse outcomes related to intensive care unit acquired weakness (ICUAW), while discussing ventilation strategies that may prevent or limit the degree of diaphragm atrophy and respiratory muscle weakness.
Preclinical studies indicate that mechanical ventilation can contribute to injury to the lung and the respiratory muscles. Patient management strategies aim to minimize any potential risk of lung or diaphragm injury.
Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) is one of the most commonly encountered hospital-acquired infections in intensive care units and is a big problem due to variability in conformance by physicians and nurses. Learn how to prevent VAP.
Work of Breathing (WOB) is the amount of energy or O2 consumption needed by the respiratory muscles to produce enough ventilation and respiration to meet the metabolic demands of the body. We will use this concept to explore how to use it to help the ventilated patient be liberated from it.
In this course, we will show different ways to help the ventilated patient prepare for liberation from mechanical ventilation.
Liberation from mechanical ventilation is a valuable life-sustaining intervention used to support patients in the ICU. In this section, we will address challenges associated with the weaning process and discuss how they may be minimized and resolved.
Learn about spontaneous awakening trials (SATs) and spontaneous breathing trials (SBTs) and how they affect a patient's comfort and ventilator dependence.