Disciplines: Respiratory Therapy
Hours: 3 Contact Hours
Author(s): Susan Jett Lawson, RCP, RRT-NPS
Item#: V7169
Contents: 1 Course Book (34 pages)

Introduction to Mechanical Ventilation of the Neonate

Price $29.95
Item # V7169
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

A basic understanding of neonatal ventilation is covered in this course, including the main characteristics, common modes of ventilation and specifically the features and alarm systems of the Infant Star and Sechrist ventilators. Also discussed is the monitoring of the ventilator/neonate interface and setting and troubleshooting for alarms.

AARC Approval #145511000

Course Objectives

  • Describe the main characteristics of neonatal ventilation:
    • Positive pressure
    • Time cycling
    • Continuous flow
    • Positive pressure ventilation/volume ventilation differences
    • Tidal volume as it relates to pressure limiting
  • Describe the four common modes of newborn mechanical ventilation:
    • CPAP via endotracheal tube and nasal prongs
    • IMV
    • SIMV
  • Describe the other “newer” modes of infant ventilation.
  • Outline the goals, indications and hazards of CPAP/PEEP and mechanical ventilation.
  • Summarize the most important considerations during management of the infant requiring mechanical ventilation.
  • State the suggested initial settings for mechanical ventilation of the neonate.
  • Describe the ability to properly monitor the ventilator/neonate interface to include setting/troubleshooting for alarms:
    • Inspiratory or patient pressure alarm
    • Low PEEP/CPAP alarm
    • Gas pressure failure alarm
    • Ventilator inoperative alarms
  • List and classify the ventilators that combine infant, pediatric and adult ventilation.
  • List and classify the ventilators that are available for infant/pediatric use only.
  • List and describe the calculations that may be helpful in the practice of neonatal and pediatric Respiratory Care.
  • Demonstrate, in a clinical practice exercise, the ability to troubleshoot infant ventilator/patient interface malfunctions.
  • Contact hours will be awarded for up to one (1) year from the date the course is ordered, unless otherwise indicated with an expiration date.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.