Take a Deep Breath: The Basics of Mechanical Ventilation, From Intubation to Liberation

Author(s): VanDruff Thomas Aaron

Contact Hours 1.15

CERP A 1.15

Expires Dec 31, 2025

Topics: Pulmonary

Population: Adult, Geriatric, Pediatric

Role: Staff

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

Clinicians often provide care for patients with acute respiratory failure without truly understanding the indications for intubation and necessity for mechanical ventilation. This presentation provides a systematic review of the process of mechanical ventilation, including indications for intubation, the various modes of both invasive and noninvasive mechanical ventilation and the evidence-based process utilized when determining readiness for liberation from mechanical ventilation.


  • Identify the indications for intubation and the subsequent need for mechanical ventilation.
  • Compare/contrast various modes of ventilator support and their roles in the support of the critically ill patient with respiratory failure.
  • Analyze clinical improvement with an emphasis on preparing for and successfully liberating patients from mechanically ventilation.

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Successful Completion

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


This activity has been reviewed by the Nurse Planner. It has been determined that the material presented here shows no bias. No conflicts of interest have been identified for any individual with the ability to influence the content of this activity. Accreditation refers to recognition of continuing education only and does not imply AACN or ANCC approval or endorsement of any commercial products discussed or displayed in conjunction with this educational activity.


The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC's) Commission on Accreditation, ANCC Provider Number 0012. AACN has been approved as a provider of continuing education in nursing by the California State Board of Nursing (CBRN), California Provider number CEP 1036. This activity is approved for 1.15 contact hours.

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