This continuing education program is accredited and can be taken for either CE accreditation or general learning. If taken for credit, this course provides one contact hour for nurses (California Board of Nursing), RTs (American Association of Respiratory Care), EMS professionals (CAPCE), and CRNAs (American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, B Credit).

Learning objectives

After completing this course, the student will better understand:

  • The impact of mechanical ventilation after liberation and discharge from the intensive care unit.
  • The adverse effects of mechanical ventilation and critical illness that impact the patient following liberation.
  • Why shortening the duration of mechanical ventilation decreases the incidence and impact of all potential adverse effects.