What you'll learn

  • Principles and physiology of mechanical ventilation

  • Initial ventilator settings and adjusments

  • Troubleshooting the ventilator

  • Ventilating patients in special circumstances including Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome and Obstructive Lung Disease

  • How to evaluate a patient for extubation readiness and conduct the extubation procedure

  • How standard ventilation practices are different in COVID-19 patients

Course description

This course will help prepare licensed non-ICU hospital clinicians to assist in the operation of a ventilator. Given the increasing number of patients contracting COVID-19 and developing pneumonia, the medical system is, and will continue to be, in dire need of licensed medical professionals who can assist in the operation of mechanical ventilators.

This course provides general information about mechanical ventilation. It is intended for licensed medical professionals. Patient needs and clinical care settings vary, and the information provided is not intended as medical, diagnostic or treatment advice. Ventilators should be used under the supervision of a qualified licensed medical professional. Consult the manufacturer’s instructions for the particular device you are using and the product information sheet for any drug administered. This subject is complex and evolving. The authors and providers of this course do not warrant that the information provided is accurate in every respect or complete, and disclaim responsibility for your use and application of the information.


Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Chief of the Division of Critical Care in the Department of Emergency Medicine and Staff Intensivist in the Heart Center ICU, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard University

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