Foundational Aspects of Mechanical Ventilation

Eugene Mondor

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Lecture overview

Critical Care Nurses are assuming greater responsibility in management and care of patients receiving mechanical ventilation. This session focusses on the foundational aspects of mechanical ventilation that is essential for every Critical Care Nurse to know and understand. How the mechanical ventilator delivers breaths (volume vs pressure), compliance and resistance, ventilator settings, peak and plateau pressures, and initiating mechanical ventilation, are highlighted. Current best practice strategies for ventilating the adult patient with Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) will also be reviewed. This session aims to assist Critical Care Nurses to become more familiar with mechanical ventilation, thereby enhancing patient outcomes.

Learning Objectives:
By the end of this lecture, the attendee will be able to:

  1. Identify the importance in understanding mechanical ventilation in adult ICU.
  2. State two approaches by which breaths can be delivered by mechanical ventilator. 
  3. Identify and describe essential key ventilator settings, including triggering and cycling variables.
  4. Explain the concepts of resistance and compliance.
  5. Apply knowledge of mechanical ventilation to the critically ill patients with ARDS. 

This lecture is equal to 1 CE Contact Hour and 1 CPD Hour


Additional CME Info

Release Date: February 1, 2020, Termination Date: January 31, 2023

Accreditation: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of EB Medicine and Continulus. EB Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation: EB Medicine designates this internet enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ per lecture. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Commercial Support: This activity received no commercial support.

Earning Credit: In order to earn CME credit, the participant must take the pre-test, listen to the lecture, take the CME post-test, and complete the post-test evaluation.

Duration 1 hour(s).

Lecture speaker

Eugene Mondor

Eugene Mondor has been a nurse for the past 30 years, of which the past 22 years within Critical Care. 

Eugene graduated with honours from Brandon General Hospital School of Nursing in Brandon, Manitoba, in 1987. He obtained his Baccalaureate of Nursing from the University of Alberta in Edmonton in 1994, followed by his Certificate of Adult Critical Care Nursing from Mount Royal College in Calgary in 1996; both received with honours.

While working within the Intensive Care, Eugene earned his Master of Nursing from the University of Alberta in 2004. His thesis "Knowledge Acquisition, Knowledge Retention, and Job Satisfaction of Critical Care Nurses" has helped him identify how nurses learn, what they learn, but more importantly, is has enhanced a deeper understanding and appreciation of both teaching and learning outcomes.

Eugene has been a Clinical Nurse Educator in adult Critical Care for over 15 years and is a BLS, ACLS and Rapid Respond Team instructor. He is a member of the Canadian Association of Critical Care Nurses and the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. 


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