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.
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
- Describe the indications of mechanical ventilation.
- Identify initial parameters, settings, and special issues associated with ventilator
- Outline the steps of patient assessment and identify methods to improve ventilation and
- Outline patient related issues in relation to airways, circuit changes, medications, and
patient positioning, and describe problem solving and troubleshooting techniques related to
- Describe the considerations and methods of weaning and discontinuation from mechanical
- Describe the special considerations in providing ventilator support for newborns,
pediatric patients, and in-home patients.
- Outline the special techniques involved in ventilatory support.
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:
- Cairo, J.M. (2016). Pilbeam’s mechanical ventilation: Physiological and clinical
applications (7th ed.) St. Louis, Missouri. Elsevier Mosby.
Type: Textbook ISBN:
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.
|Final Examination (mandatory)
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.