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

Preclinical studies indicate that mechanical ventilation can contribute to injury to the lung and the respiratory muscles. Though it is not confirmed that the adverse outcomes observed in preclinical data reflect the situation in ventilated patients, patient management strategies aim to minimize any potential risk of lung or diaphragm injury. After completing this lesson, the student will be able to:

  • Identify and compare the types of injury that may be associated with mechanical ventilation.
  • Recognize risk factors for lung and diaphragm injury.
  • Discuss mechanical ventilation and patient management strategies to minimize the risk of injury.