Evidence-Based Strategies for Weaning From Mechanical Ventilation

About the Course:
The purpose of this advanced-level course is to provide practitioners with current evidence-based strategies for weaning from mechanical ventilation.

Learning Objectives:
After completing this course, the learner will be able to:
  • 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.
  • Outline the procedure for spontaneous breathing trial.
About the Author: 
David W. Chang, EdD, RRT, CTTS, is a professor of cardiorespiratory care at the University of South Alabama and a certified tobacco treatment specialist. He has served on many committees and in many capacities at the American Association for Respiratory Care, the National Board for Respiratory Care, and the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care. Dr. Chang’s special interests are in research and mechanical ventilation. He has published five textbooks and developed an open source website, rtexam.com, for students and practitioners. In his spare time, Dr. Chang conducts an ongoing smoking cessation program at Victory Health Partners, which is a community health clinic for uninsured adults.
How to receive credit
  • Read the entire course online or in print which requires a 2-hour commitment of time.
  • Depending on your state requirements you will be asked to complete:
  • A mandatory test (a passing score of 75 percent 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.
Resolution of Conflict of Interest
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Sponsorship/Commercial Support and Non-Endorsement
It is the policy of Colibri Healthcare, LLC not to accept commercial support. Furthermore, commercial interests are prohibited from distributing or providing access to this activity to learners.
Disclaimer: 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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