RESP 2161
Mechanical Ventilation

3.0 Credits


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.

Delivery Method



None. This course is however aimed at students who are graduates of a minimum two-year health care diploma program and have a sound knowledge of: the anatomy and physiology of the respiratory system; the anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular system; blood gas interpretation; and a background in basic science.


Upon completion of this course, students 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 Outline

  • 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

Maximum Completion

30 weeks.

Required Text and Materials

Cairo, J.M. Pilbeam's Mechanical Ventilation: Physiological and Clinical Applications. 5th ed. St. Louis, Missouri: Elsevier Mosby, 2012.
Type: Textbook ISBN: 978-0-323-07207-6

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

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.


Midterm 1 25%
Midterm 2 25%
Final examination 50%
Total 100%

In order to successfully complete this course, students must obtain at least 50% on the final mandatory examination and 50% overall.

Students who are applying this course toward any TRU Health Care program may be required to obtain a minimum of 60% overall to meet program requirements.