RESP 2161: Mechanical Ventilation

This course is intended for individuals interested in enhancing their understanding of the clinical applications of mechanical ventilation. The course is designed to meet two objectives: to reinforce the core components of mechanical ventilation and to address advances in ventilatory care.

Learning outcomes

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Define the basic terms and concepts of mechanical ventilation.
  • Describe the physical aspects of mechanical ventilation.
  • Describe the use, types, and characteristics of monitoring devices.
  • Describe the physiological effects and complications of positive pressure ventilation.
  • Describe the indications of mechanical ventilation.
  • Identify initial parameters, settings, and special issues associated with ventilator setup.
  • Outline the steps of patient assessment and identify methods to improve ventilation and oxygenation.
  • Outline patient related issues in relation to airways, circuit changes, medications, and patient positioning, and describe problem solving and troubleshooting techniques related to mechanical ventilation.
  • Describe the considerations and methods of weaning and discontinuation from mechanical ventilation.
  • Describe the special considerations in providing ventilator support for newborns, pediatric patients, and in-home patients.
  • Outline the special techniques involved in ventilatory support.

Course topics

RESP 2161: Mechanical Ventilation includes the following 14 modules:

  • Module A: Basic Terms and Concepts of Mechanical Ventilation
  • Module B: Physical Aspects of Mechanical Ventilation
  • Module C: Establishing the Need for Mechanical Ventilation
  • Module D: Selecting the Ventilator and the Mode
  • Module E: Initial Ventilator Settings and Final Considerations in Ventilator Setup
  • Module F: Initial Patient Assessment and Methods to Improve Ventilation
  • Module G: Methods to Improve Oxygenation
  • Module H: Ventilator Graphics
  • Module I: Physiological Effects and Complications of Positive Pressure Ventilation
  • Module J: Troubleshooting and Problem Solving
  • Module K: Weaning and Discontinuation from Mechanical Ventilation
  • Module L: Neonatal and Pediatric Mechanical Ventilation
  • Module M: Special Techniques in Ventilatory Support
  • Module N: Noninvasive Positive Pressure Ventilation

Required text and materials

Students will receive the following:

  1. Cairo, J.M. (2016). Pilbeam’s mechanical ventilation: Physiological and clinical applications (7th ed.) St. Louis, Missouri. Elsevier Mosby.
    Type: Textbook ISBN: 978-0-323-55127-4.


Please be aware that due to COVID-19 safety guidelines all in-person exams have been suspended. As such, all final exams are currently being delivered through ProctorU, which has an approximate fee of $35 involved. There will be more information in your course shell, on how to apply, if your course has a final exam.

To successfully complete this course, you must achieve a passing grade of 50% or higher on the overall course and 50% or higher on the mandatory Final Exam. The following table shows how your final grade will be determined for this course.

Students applying this course towards any TRU or other educational institution’s health care program may be required to obtain a minimum of 50 or 60% score.

Midterm 1 25%
Midterm 2 25%
Final Examination (mandatory) 50%
Total 100%

Open Learning Faculty Member

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Primary communication is through the Learning Environment's "Mail" tool or by phone. Students will receive the necessary contact information at start of course.

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