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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

  • 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

  • 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

The following material is required for this course:

  1. Cairo, J.M. (2024). Pilbeam’s Mechanical Ventilation: Physiological and clinical applications (8th ed.). Elsevier Mosby. 
    Type: Textbook. ISBN: 978-0323-87164-8


Please be aware that should your course have a final exam, you are responsible for the fee to the online proctoring service, ProctorU, or to the in-person approved Testing Centre. Please contact with any questions about this.

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.

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 on the final mandatory examination and 60% overall to meet program requirements. 

Midterm 1 25%
Midterm 2 25%
Mandatory Final Exam 50%
Total 100%

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.

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