Not So Trivial Pursuit: Mechanical Ventilation Risk Reduction
Mary Jo Grap, PhD, RN, FAAN
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Learning Objectives

At 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

Continuing Education Information

This test is FREE to both member and nonmember CE customers
CE ID: CER508-10
Total Contact Hours: 1.25
Pharma Hours: 0.0
Synergy Cat: A
Test Expires: 5/1/2014


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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