Evidence-Based Strategies for Weaning From Mechanical Ventilation, 2nd edition


About the Course
The purpose of this advanced-level course is to provide practitioners with current evidence-based strategies for weaning from mechanical ventilation. The indications for mechanical ventilation and factors affecting the readiness for weaning from mechanical ventilation are discussed. Different criteria and thresholds for weaning are also included. Each practitioner should become familiar with the weaning criteria and thresholds because different patients and conditions often require individualized strategies for weaning success.

Learning Outcomes
  • list the indications for mechanical ventilation;
  • describe the factors affecting the readiness for weaning from mechanical ventilation;
  • describe the criteria and thresholds for weaning from mechanical ventilation;
  • describe the criteria and thresholds for discontinuance from mechanical ventilation, including the calculation and interpretation of the rapid shallow breathing index;
  • describe the ventilator mode for progressive withdrawal of mechanical ventilation; and
  • outline the procedure for spontaneous breathing trial.
About the Author

Kenneth Miller MEd, RRT-NPS, ACCS, AC-E, has worked in respiratory care for the past 45 years. He has been responsible for the clinical management of patients receiving non-invasive and invasive ventilation. He has worked as a staff ICU respiratory therapist, clinical coordinator and the past 25 years as the clinical educator and research coordinator of respiratory care services.  Ken has lectured at the local, regional and national levels and has authored a number of peer journal and textbook articles. Ken was recently awarded fellowship status in the American Association of Respiratory Care (AARC).
How to Receive Credit
  • Read the entire course online or in print.
  • Answer the final examination questions at the end of the course. A passing grade of 70% is required. Test questions link content to learning objectives as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention.
  • Provide required personal information and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory course evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.
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The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.
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