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Understanding Mechanical Ventilation Use in Physiotherapy

Understanding Mechanical Ventilation Use in Physiotherapy

Understanding Mechanical Ventilation Use in Physiotherapy

This course includes
1:26:54 of Course Material (View)
Lifetime access after purchase
Certificate of completion
This course was recorded in August 2020


This course is a follow-on to the course Review of Mechanical Ventilation for Critical Care presented by Anastasia Newman.

This online course takes a deeper-dive into mechanical ventilation and highlights important information for physiotherapists to be aware of.

Topics covered include:

  • How do medical teams decide on non-invasive vs invasive ventilation
  • Other gasses used in the management of ventilated patients
  • Humidification
  • An update on modes of ventilation
  • Anatomy of a ventilator screen
  • Assessing oxygenation on ABGs

This course is brought to you by The Cardiorespiratory Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. 


Course Objectives

Upon completion of this online course participants will be able to:

  1. Understand how ventilator settings and readings impact their treatment plans.
  2. Identify signs of an acutely deteriorating patient.
  3. Understand the full spectrum of care for patients post-mechanical ventilation


Speaker Bio: Amy Ellis

Amy is a physiotherapist working in acute care, specifically critical care. The subject area of this course has been the focus of her clinical work, teaching, and research interests, for 15 years. Amy has international experience having worked in South Africa and the United Arab Emirates prior to settling in Canada.

The instructors
Canadian Physiotherapy Association

As the vital partner for the profession, the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) leads, advocates, and inspires excellence and innovation to promote health. CPA’s goal is to provide exceptional service, valuable information and connections to the profession of physiotherapy, across Canada and around the world.

Cardiorespiratory Division

The Cardiorespiratory Division (CRD) unites physiotherapists with a special interest in cardiorespiratory physiotherapy. We provide a valuable forum for our members to share information relevant to working with clients across the lifespan and in all areas of cardiorespiratory.

To facilitate knowledge sharing and encourage networking, we produce our newsletter, the Gas Exchange, three times per year and relay information on job opportunities, online resources, courses and other educational events.

Course Material included in this course
  • Understanding Mechanical Ventilation Use in Physiotherapy
  • Welcome
  • Introduction
  • Relevance to Physiotherapy
  • ET vs Tracheostomies
  • Humidification
  • Gases and Modes of Ventilation
  • Reading a Ventilator Screen
  • Assessing Ventilated Patients
  • Questions
  • Feedback
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