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HealthStream®: Interpretation of Ventilator Waveforms


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Mechanical ventilation use is common. Each year, approximately 3% of hospitalized patients will require mechanical ventilation. In the intensive care unit, more than ½ of patients will require mechanical ventilation during the first 24 hours after admission. Most of these patients need mechanical ventilation to decrease the work of breathing due to acute respiratory failure, compromised lung function, failure to protect their airway, or difficulty breathing. In order to ensure that the goals of mechanical ventilation are met, clinicians must closely monitor and manage the mechanically ventilated patient. Ventilator graphics or waveforms provide clinicians with important information about the functioning of the ventilator as well as the status of the patient. Waveforms ensure the patient is ventilated for maximum lung expansion without barotrauma. This continuing education activity will provide respiratory care professionals with the information they need to analyze ventilator waveform graphics in order to appropriately manage ventilated patients.

CNE Provider Unit of HealthStream® is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

This program has been approved for 1 contact hours Continuing Respiratory Care Education (CRCE) credit by the American Association for Respiratory Care, 9425, N. MacArthur Blvd, Suite 100, Irving TX 75063.

Commercially supported through Grant Funds given by Covidien Respiratory and Monitoring Solutions.


Accreditation refers to educational content only and does not imply AARC, ANCC, CBRN, IABRN, WVERPN, FLBRN or HealthStream® endorsement or promotion of any product or service.

Unless cited, the content and conclusion of this course are solely those of the course provider.