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What You Always Wanted to Know About Mechanical Ventilation but Were Afraid to Ask

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2 Hours  

Confused by all the different settings and parameters on mechanical ventilators? Unsure of what the numbers mean, or which ones are key during physical therapy interventions? Review the basics of mechanical ventilation, complete with video examples and case studies, in this 2 hour, evidence-informed course to get you comfortable and versant in today’s mechanical ventilators. This course is directly related to the practice of physical therapy therefore appropriate for Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants.

Course created on September 11, 2015

Unlimited CEU Access - $99/year

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Preview Exam

Level: Intermediate

Course Learning Outcomes

  • The participant will be able to correctly identify the indication for mechanical ventilation in their patients.
  • The participant will be able to independently differentiate at least two differences between conventional and alternative modes of ventilation in their patients.
  • The participant will be able to accurately identify at least two standard ventilator settings on a standard ventilator.
  • The participant will be able to identify at least two complications of mechanical ventilation given a case scenario.
  • The participant will be able to describe at least three factors to consider when weaning a patient off of a ventilator.
  • The participant will be able to integrate current evidence about early mobility into the care of patients on mechanical ventilation.

Time-ordered Agenda

0-10 Minutes Overview of Mechanical Ventilation (objective, indications, types)
10-50 Minutes Invasive Mechanical Ventilation Basics (intubation, ventilators, modes, settings)
50-70 Minutes Complications of Mechanical Ventilation
70-90 Minutes Weaning from Mechanical Ventilation (criteria, methods, considerations, complications)
90-115 Minutes Physical Therapy in Mechanically Ventilated Patients (evidence, considerations)
115-120 Minutes Wrap Up, Questions & Answers

Course Presenter

sharon l gorman

Sharon L. Gorman, PT, DPTSc, GCS

Sharon L. Gorman, PT, DPTSc, GCS, FNAP is an Associate Professor of Physical Therapy at Samuel Merritt University in Oakland, CA. She received her DSc in Physical Therapy from UCSF/SFSU, an MS in Health Science at San Francisco State University, and a BS in Physical Therapy from Mt. St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles. Clinically, her area of expertise is acute care physical therapy having worked in a variety of different types of hospitals from large academic teaching hospitals to small community hospitals.  Dr. Gorman is a board certified by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties as a Geriatric Clinical Specialist and also holds advanced certification and training in assessment and treatment of vestibular disorders and in neurodevelopmental treatment approaches for adults with hemiplegia.  Dr. Gorman’s research interests include teaching and learning and test/measure construction. She is the creator of the Function In Sitting Test, a valid and reliable sitting balance measure intended for lower functioning patients/clients. She is active in the Acute Care Section-APTA and is currently serving as President. Dr. Gorman has been involved with interprofessional teaching and research for over 8 years with the UCSF/UC Berkeley Joint Medical Program and the Northern California Geriatric Education Center as their consultant physical therapist, and is a Distinguished Practitioner and Fellow in the National Academies of Practice. She enjoys traveling and providing global medical service and physical therapy in developing countries such as Haiti and Panama.

Presenter Disclosure: The presenter received an honorarium to present this course

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Content Disclosure: This learning event does not focus exclusively on any specific product or service.


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This course is offered for 2.0 hours (Intermediate level) by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation (Sponsor License #216000252).


This course is offered for 2.0 hours (Intermediate level, Category 2) by the Kentucky Physical Therapy Association (Provider #CS80-2012-KPTA).


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