Ventilator Management in the Emergency Department

The purpose of this continuing education program is to inform and educate healthcare providers on the initiation and management of mechanical ventilation in the emergency department (ED). Mechanical ventilation management in the ED is often extended because of the delayed availability of ICU beds. The healthcare provider will become aware of the criteria for the different modes of ventilation and management in different disease processes. This course will explain the factors of troubleshooting and avoiding lung injury in mechanically ventilated patients.

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Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Recognize the different strategies of ventilation in the emergency department (ED).
  2. Identify the different modes and methods of ventilator support.
  3. Identify the initial setting and management of ventilation in various disease states in ED.
  4. Recognize troubleshooting issues of the ventilator.


Chapter 1: Introduction​

Chapter 2: Video - Ventilator Management in the Emergency Department​

Chapter 3: References

  • California Bill 241
  • Implicit Bias in Healthcare
  • What is Implicit Bias?
  • Implications of Implicit Bias in Healthcare
  • How to Reduce Implicit Bias

Price: $10.00

Contact Hour: 1

Course Author

Debra Smith-Harr

Debra Smith-Harr has been a Registered Respiratory Therapist since 1987.  She completed her BSRC at Midwestern State University in 2010. She currently owns and operates Smith Seminars, a continuing education website for Respiratory Therapists. She also has a website, CEU Webinars, that has continuing education for Respiratory Therapists, Nurses, Medical Lab Technicians, and Sleep Professionals.

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