The course covers the technology and management of continuous adult mechanical ventilation. Special emphasis is placed on the physiologic effects of various techniques and selection of optimal methods. Monitoring, quality control, and the ability to solve clinical problems relating to mechanical ventilation are emphasized. The course prepares the student to conduct the therapeutic procedures to achieve adequate spontaneous and artificial ventilation. Particular emphasis will be on ventilator complications, physiologic effects and the principles of ventilation management. Various classes of mechanical ventilators are discussed and compared, emphasizing the differences required in their uses. The technology of adult continuous mechanical ventilation is covered. The design, function, and operation of representative mechanical ventilators of the various classifications are examined in detail. Monitoring, quality control, and the ability to solve clinical problems relating to mechanical ventilation are emphasized. Three-hour lecture, three-hour lab. Course fee required. Prerequisite: successful completion of program sequence.
Offered Summer for 4 Semester hours.