A CONCISE REVIEW OF THE ESSENTIAL SKILLS OF VENTILATION MANAGEMENT
As communities across the world are facing or preparing for increasing numbers of patients in respiratory distress from COVID-19, MedCram has packaged this video series for clinicians and hospitals on the frontlines.
We understand that medical professionals (and students) that don't have significant experience with mechanical ventilation may be called upon to help ventilator management teams in critical care settings. And clinicians with extensive ventilator experience may want a refresher or a tool to aid in teaching mechanical ventilation strategies to other clinicians.
This video series is a collection of previously recorded MedCram videos on mechanical ventilation with the addition of some COVID-19 specific videos.
This course will remain free, please share it with anyone you think may be interested. We hope you find it helpful, and we welcome feedback.
We appreciate you - medical professionals, students, and volunteers around the world. We are in this fight together.
Part 1 - Key Concepts:
- Brief Course Overview
- Mechanical Ventilation Introduction and Compliance
- Pressure-Volume Relationships and Modes
- Plateau and Peak Pressure, PEEP, and Other Vent Settings
- How Coronavirus Kills: Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) & Treatment
- Vent Changes with ARDS and COPD
- Update: Consideration of Dr. Gattinoni's Research: Possible "COVID-19 Phenotypes" and Atypical ARDS
- Liberation From the Ventilator - Checklist
- Quiz 1
Part 2 - Mechanical Ventilation "Pearls":
- Heart Lung Interactions
- Quiz 2
- Ventilation in Metabolic Acidosis
- Quiz 3
- Ventilating COPD Part 1
- Quiz 4
- Ventilating COPD Part 2
- Quiz 5
- Bilevel Ventilation
- Quiz 6
Post-Course Quiz (Required for CME/CE Credits)
- Post-Course Quiz
Congratulations! CME Certificate
- Your CME Certificate
The COVID-19 Ventilator Course: Learn or Review Mechanical Ventilation is a course designed to clarify, review, and augment the training and understanding of primary care clinicians in the use of mechanical ventilation, especially as it pertains to COVID-19. The modules included in this course take a departure from the traditional slide presentation style lecture. Instead, the course is comprised of a series of video lectures aided by real-time instructor-led chalkboard visuals. This method of learning allows for the subject matter to be broken down to the basics and is designed to increase learning and retention.
Mechanical ventilation is a critical life-support treatment for patients in respiratory distress; however, many clinicians lack training, understanding, and skill in the use of mechanical ventilators. Clinicians need to be able to understand the modes of mechanical ventilation and how to communicate their goals for the mechanically ventilated patient. This CME course will utilize a combination of videos and systematic discussion of clinical scenarios and practice cases to effectively deliver the course content.
As a result of this educational activity, participants should be better able to:
- Follow a step-by-step approach to ventilate and oxygenate ICU patients with respect to patient physiology and pathophysiology.
- Use the appropriate ventilation mode for a patient with regards to that patient's pathophysiology and the limiting factors of that patient's condition.
- Explain the heart-lung interaction with regards to positive pressure ventilation.
- Summarize the significance of intrinsic PEEP and dynamic hyperinflation
Post-Test and Evaluation:
After completing the CME activity, you must successfully complete a post-test and fill out a program evaluation form. You will then be able to view and print your CME certificate.
Roger D. Seheult, MD
Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine
Beaver Medical Group, Redlands, CA
Associate Clinical Professor
UC Riverside School of Medicine, Riverside, CA
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Loma Linda University School of Medicine
Loma Linda, CA
AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Continuing Education Company, Inc. and MedCram, LLC. Continuing Education Company, Inc. (CEC) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Continuing Education Company, Inc. designates this enduring material for a maximum of 4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
ABIM MOC: Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 4 Medical Knowledge MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.
To receive CME credit and/or MOC points, you MUST complete the activity and the evaluation form. For ABIM MOC points, your information will be shared with the ABIM through the ACCME Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS). Please allow 6-8 weeks for your MOC points to appear on your ABIM records.
AAPA: AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 4 hours of Category I credit for completing this activity.
AANPCB: The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board (AANPCB) accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME.
Release Date: 5/15/2020
Expiration Date: 5/15/2023 (Date after which this enduring material is no longer certified for credit.)
Date Reviewed: 5/15/2022
Medium: Enduring Material, Video/Audio
Faculty/Planning Committee Disclosures
The following individuals have indicated that he/she (nor spouse/partner) have no relevant financial relationships with a commercial interest that may impact upon this CME activity:
- Beth Townsend, HMCC – Reviewer (Continuing Education Company)
- Roger Seheult, MD- Faculty
- Kyle Allred, PA – Planner & Content Developer (MedCram)
Roger Seheult, MD (Faculty) has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
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Roger Seheult M.D. is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # CEP16824. This course is approved for CE contact hours.
I was struggling to grasp the idea at first. But got a hold of it after some continuous rewinding. A great course. Thank you a lot. This will come in my mind for sure whenever I will be in situation with any sort of ventilation. Thanks again,
JANA STIELER, RN
Hi There, thank you very much for the opportunity of this free ventilation course, which was very helpful to refresh my knowledge to look after ventilated patients. Easy to understand and to follow. I will definitely suggest that course to my colleagues.
ERNESTO PEREZ OLIVA FRAGA, MD
ABBIE FERRY, PA-C
Phenomenal course. Not only did I learn a lot - but what's more is that I truly UNDERSTAND. This promotes confidence and makes me feel like I can manage a vent patient properly.
SÉAMUS Ó FLAITHBHEARTAIGH, MD
Very clear and graphic presentation that, as stated in "course overview" is good for an introduction or a review, and presented at a perfect pace even for someone like myself who is well outside his specialty.
VICTORIA SPARKS, MD
JUSTIN BURRIS, RN
SAMANTHA MURRATTI, NP
Great refresher, easy to follow and understand!
ROXANE STIENSTRA, MD
Amazing course. Very good bitsize lessons and quiz useful too. Explained at a very understandable level with good use of drawings. Definitely feel more confident potentially having to handle ventilated patients in the near future.
TAMMY WILLIAMS, MD
- Quadruple Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine.
- Over 20 years teaching experience as both an exam preparation instructor and an assistant professor of medicine.
- Experience as a medical director for both a Southern California Physician Assistant Program and a Respiratory Therapy Program.
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