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.
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.
Follow this learning plan to gain a deeper understanding of mechanical ventilation and to enhance your knowledge on why and how we ventilate people, what happens during ventilation therapy, and key concepts to liberate people from ventilators.