Not So Trivial Pursuit: Mechanical Ventilation Risk Reduction
Learning ObjectivesAt the completion of this program, you will be able to:
- Identify the use and effect of backrest elevation in risk reduction in the critically ill patient
- Discuss the evidence for the use of oral care protocols to reduce ventilator associated pneumonia
- Discuss the evaluation of sedation and its effect on mechanical ventilation risk
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As much as 40% of critically ill patients require mechanical ventilation during their ICU stay. Although life saving, mechanical ventilation can result in significant negative outcomes, including ventilator associated pneumonia (VAP) and those related to use of sedation. These common complications of mechanical ventilation increase morbidity, ICU and hospital stay as well as health care costs. This presentation will summarize research focused on reducing the risks of mechanical ventilation specifically related to airway management, oral care and backrest elevation interventions to reduce VAP and evaluation of sedation.
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