Introduction to Mechanical Ventilation of the Neonate

About the Course
This course, specifically designed for the respiratory therapist new to practice in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), will provide a basic understanding of neonatal invasive ventilation including the main characteristics, the common modes of ventilation, and evidence-based management strategies for best outcomes. The appropriate use of alarms and graphics will be also be discussed to maximize knowledge on safe and effective strategies. In this course, a neonate refers to a newborn baby up to 1 month of age. Strategies and disease processes common beyond this age point will not be discussed in this course.

Learning Outcomes
  • Describe the main goals/indications of neonatal invasive ventilation and how to assess for them,
  • Describe the most common modes of neonatal invasive mechanical ventilation and the evidence to support their use,
  • Summarize the most important considerations during management of the neonate requiring invasive mechanical ventilation,
  • State the suggested initial settings for invasive mechanical ventilation of the neonate,
  • Describe the importance of safety alarms and how to set them, and
  • Dtate the risks of invasive mechanical ventilation and how to prevent poor outcomes.
About the Author
Natalie Napolitano MPH, RRT, RRT-NPS, FAARC is a Research Clinical Specialist in the Respiratory Therapy Department at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia where she runs a bench lab and guides clinical research important to the science of Respiratory Care. She currently serves as a member of the AARC Government Affairs committees and the Co-Chair of the PSRC Pennsylvania Respiratory Research Collaborative (PRRC). In addition to her work here in the US, she serves on the pediatric steering committee for Hôpital Sacré Coeur in Milot, Haiti, traveling to practice at the hospital in Milot one to two times a year.

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 75% 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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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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