When a patient is intubated, mechanical ventilation is often necessary. As the patient's condition improves, much of his care is directed toward "weaning" him from the mechanical ventilator. Generally, once the patient has demonstrated the ability to sustain unassisted breathing and maintain a patent airway, he can be extubated.
The professional's skills in assessing the patient's clinical status, implementing the weaning process and providing care during and after extubation are essential. Throughout the patient's care it is important to remember that the inability to ventilate can be a life-threatening as well as a frightening experience for the patient. In addition to physiologic problems, frustration, and depression may adversely affect the weaning process.
This program will define basic methods for weaning, discuss parameters that indicate a readiness for weaning, discuss the procedure for extubation, and identify potential complications associated with weaning and extubation.
To complete this course, you must do the following:
The material is organized around the following categories:
The purpose of this program is to provide nurses an understanding of the indications and procedures for weaning a patient off mechanical ventilation, and the possible complications.
After completing this course, the learner should be able to:
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