Mechanical Ventilation: From Intubation to Liberation

Author(s): Thomas VanDruff

Contact Hours 1.25

CERP A 1.25

Expires Dec 15, 2026

Topics: Pulmonary

Population: Adult

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 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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