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CRIT5012: Mechanical Ventilation

Mechanical ventilation is a common supportive therapy in the critical care environment. Students in this unit of study will become familiar with mechanical ventilator design and function, learn to interpret ventilator waveforms and measured data, and develop an understanding of the physiological consequences of mechanical ventilation. Commonly used models of mechanical ventilators are discussed and students will have the opportunity to become acquainted with their performance characteristics. Case-based discussions will be used to explore common strategies for ventilation in different clinical scenarios, including the operating theatre, the emergency department, and in the ICU.

Code CRIT5012
Academic unit Critical Care
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Explain the rationale for oxygen therapy and mechanical ventilation, including its effects on human physiology
  • LO2. Appropriately initiate, monitor and escalate respiratory support consisting of oxygen therapy, non-invasive ventilation and invasive mechanical ventilation
  • LO3. Describe medical gas supply systems, common ventilator systems, respiratory circuits and humidifier equipment, including their safety features and limitations
  • LO4. Manipulate user-controlled variables on a mechanical ventilator and predict the physiological consequences of the resulting changes
  • LO5. Interpret ventilator data, including ventilator waveforms
  • LO6. Analyse common ventilator problems
  • LO7. Apply evidence-based solutions to routine and complex patient care scenarios, including those requiring advanced mechanical ventilation strategies such as ARDS, bronchospasm and one-lung ventilation
  • LO8. Correctly modify ventilator therapies and apply non-ventilator strategies to minimise complications and maximise effectiveness from mechanical ventilation.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 2 weeks before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.