Managing a patient on a mechanical ventilator can be a scary proposition. To eliminate the fear factor, we'll help you understand what all the functions and settings mean, and we'll set you straight on nursing considerations for this patient population.
Managing a patient on a mechanical ventilator can be a scary proposition. Fight the fear by learning all you can about what the ventilator functions and settings mean, how to care for your patients, and how to wean them when they're ready.
Instructor, Cardiorespiratory Care Department, College of Allied Health, University of South Alabama, Mobile, Ala., PRN Therapist, Springhill Medical Center, Mobile, Ala. (PRUITT)
Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Research and Development, University of South Alabama College of Nursing, Mobile, Ala., PRN Nursing Supervisor/Emergency Department Staff Nurse, Ocean Springs Hospital, Ocean Springs, Miss. (JACOBS)
The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationships with or financial interest in any commercial companies that pertain to this educational activity.