Pediatric Mechanical Ventilation: What Are Those Bells and Whistles

Author(s): Kiani Fereshteh

Contact Hours 1.25

CERP A 1.25

Expires Dec 31, 2024

Topics: COVID-19, Pulmonary, Technology

Level: Proficient

Population: Pediatric

Role: Staff, Educator

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

Critical care nurses play a crucial role in the management of intubated and mechanically ventilated children in the intensive care unit (ICU). Effective and safe care of a mechanically ventilated child requires an extensive understanding of modes of ventilation, ventilator settings and patient-ventilator interactions. Recognizing signs and symptoms of patient-ventilator asynchrony is vital to achieving efficient ventilation, managing patient discomfort, ensuring appropriate use of narcotics and sedatives and effectively navigating through the weaning process. The session provides an in-depth review of mechanical ventilators and discusses strategies to better identify and troubleshoot ventilator-patient asynchrony to improve patient outcomes. Case studies are used to apply knowledge gained from the discussion.


  • Distinguish among common modes of ventilation and discuss appropriate ventilator settings using examples from clinical cases.
  • Analyze key components of patient-ventilator synchrony and differentiate ventilator-related patient discomfort from other sources.
  • Identify strategies to promote timely and safe liberation from mechanical ventilation.

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Successful Completion

Learners must attend/view/read the entire activity, read Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes, and complete the associated evaluation to be awarded the contact hours or CERP. No partial credit will be awarded.


The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider number CEP 1036, for 1.25 contact hours.

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