Mechanical Ventilation for COVID-19 Video Series

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Disclaimer: This course does not replace the formal medical training of respiratory therapists nor does it provide any type of mechanical ventilation competency.

 

Safe Initiation And Management Of Mechanical Ventilation

This issue paper aims to improve the safe initiation and management of mechanical ventilation. Published by the AARC and the University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC) in 2016.

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About the Video Series

There is no question that respiratory therapists along with critical care physicians and nurses are the experts for managing the care for critically ill patients (highlighted in green in the graphic). However, during extreme times like the COVID-19 pandemic, the patient surge capacity may exceed the number of available trained personnel. And so, now is the time to come together. The AARC collaborated with edX and Harvard to launch Mechanical Ventilation for COVID-19, a free online introductory course on ventilator use that addresses the urgent need for medical professionals (highlighted in red in the graphic) during the COVID-19 pandemic. ​This course will not replace the expertise of a critical care respiratory therapist; rather, it provides foundational knowledge that will allow collaboration for the best possible patient care in a crisis situation.

graphic detailing tiered staffing strategy for covid-19 pandemic

This course is a great primer for non-ICU physicians and other clinicians who are asked to staff critical care areas. It will help these professionals better understand the basic concepts of mechanical ventilation and support the care for the patient receiving mechanical ventilation. We recognize the ever-expanding number of patients contracting COVID-19 and developing pneumonia as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. We encourage all non-ICU clinicians to consider completing this course, readying themselves to best help their colleagues and patients on the front lines of this virus.

Ventilator tip sheet

In addition, a collaboration of respiratory therapists developed a ventilator tip sheet for non-critical care respiratory therapists and RT extenders who may find themselves staffing in the ICU during a pandemic. Download the tip sheet:

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Managing demands on capacity and staffing

For questions about this video course, email pandemic-ventilation@aarc.org.

Go to edX to take the complete course or watch the videos below.

Mechanical Ventilation for COVID-19 Course Introduction

Shawna Strickland, Associate Executive Director of American Association of Respiratory Care, introduces a series of videos covering concepts of mechanical ventilation for non ICU medical professionals and discusses the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s Tiered Staffing Strategy model for a pandemic (like COVID-19) requiring significant mechanical ventilation.

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Introduction to Mechanical Ventilation

This video comes from the HarvardX course, Mechanical Ventilation for COVD-19. The content in this video covers the fundamentals of respiration and the principles behind mechanical ventilation. It serves as an introduction to the mechanical ventilator.

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Physiology of Mechanical Ventilation

This video comes from the HarvardX course, Mechanical Ventilation for COVD-19. The content in this video covers concepts in oxygenation and ventilation, compliance and resistance, pulmonary mechanics, air-trapping, and physiological responses to intubation and positive pressure ventilation.

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Daily Assessment of Mechanically Ventilated Patients

This video comes from the HarvardX course, Mechanical Ventilation for COVD-19. This content in this video describes the process for performing a daily systematic patient assessment and how to respond to changes in a patient’s condition. In addition, this video explains how to determine a patient’s rapid shallow breathing index and perform a spontaneous breathing trial.

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Extubation

This video comes from the HarvardX course, Mechanical Ventilation for COVD-19. The content in this video discusses how to assess a patient for extubation readiness and how to proceed with extubation.

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Setting the Ventilator

This video comes from the HarvardX course, Mechanical Ventilation for COVD-19. This content in this video provides an introduction to basic ventilator settings, and responding to the results of blood gas analysis.

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Ventilation in ARDS

This video comes from the HarvardX course, Mechanical Ventilation for COVD-19. The content in this video serves as an introduction to acute respiratory distress syndrome and evidence-based strategies to treat ventilated patients with ARDS.

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Ventilation in Obstructive Lung Disease

This video comes from the HarvardX course, Mechanical Ventilation for COVD-19. The content in this video introduces learners to mechanical ventilation for patients with Obstructive Lung Disease.
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Waveform Analysis for Mechanical Ventilation

This video comes from the HarvardX course, Mechanical Ventilation for COVD-19. In this video, learners are introduced to scalars that are displayed on a ventilator screen and how to interpret them.

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COVID-19 and Ventilation

This video comes from the HarvardX course, Mechanical Ventilation for COVD-19. The content in this video discusses how mechanical ventilation is different in COVID-19 patients.

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