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Troubleshooting with Ventilator Graphics: Obstructive Physiology

Course: #1823Level: Advanced 1 Hour 124 Reviews

Interpreting ventilator graphics can yield valuable real-time data in patients undergoing invasive mechanical ventilation. This course helps demystify the complexities of troubleshooting obstructive airflow physiology and trending changes in severity using ventilator scalars.

Course created on June 8, 2023

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Course Type: Video

CEUs/Hours Offered: AARC - CRCE/1.0; CE Broker/1.0 Direct Delivery Of Respiratory Care Services, CE Broker #20-1077914; IACET/0.1

Learning Outcomes

  • checkmarkAfter this course, participants will be able to explain how pressure, flow, and volume scalar tracings can be used to identify varying degrees of obstructive airway physiology in patients undergoing invasive mechanical ventilation.
  • checkmarkAfter this course, participants will be able to describe the rationale for performing inspiratory and expiratory hold maneuvers when assessing the severity and heterogeneity of obstructive disease.
  • checkmarkAfter this course, participants will be able to describe the relevance of pulmonary time constants relative to gas exchange when choosing mechanical ventilator modes and settings.


0-5 Minutes Introduction
5-15 Minutes Alterations in Pulmonary Mechanics
15-25 Minutes Monitoring and Assessing: Mechanics
25-35 Minutes Monitoring and Assessing: Time Constant Distribution
35-45 Minutes Anatomy of the Scalar
45-55 Minutes Case Review
55-60 Minutes Summary, Q&Ab


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Presenter Disclosure: Financial: Justin Phillips is a RRT for the University of California San Francisco, Department of Anesthesia at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center (ZSFG). He received an honorarium for presenting this course. Non-Financial: Justin has several published research articles in the area of strategic ventilation practices and the use of non-invasive end-tidal monitoring.

Sponsor Disclosure: This Course is presented by Continued Respiratory Therapy.

Content Disclosure: This learning event does not focus exclusively on any specific product or service.

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American Association for Respiratory Care

American Association for Respiratory Care

This non-traditional program has been approved for a maximum of 1 contact hour(s) Continuing Respiratory Care Education (CRCE) credit by the American Association for Respiratory Care, 9425 N. MacArthur Blvd. Suite 100 Irving TX 75063. Course # 189968000

CE Broker

CE Broker

Continued Respiratory Therapy is an approved provider for CE Broker, provider #50-30700. This course is offered for 1.0 hours. If you are a licensed respiratory therapist in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, or South Carolina, CE Broker may be of interest to you. For Florida respiratory therapists, this course is registered in the Direct Delivery of Respiratory Care Services category.

International Association for Continuing Education and Training

International Association for Continuing Education and Training

Continued, LLC, is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). Continued complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard, which is recognized internationally as a standard of excellence in instructional practices. As a result of this accreditation, Continued is authorized to issue the IACET CEU. Continued, LLC, is authorized by IACET to offer 0.1 CEUs for this program.

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