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Mechanical Ventilation and Tracheostomy in Acute Care Rehabilitation

presented by Ashley Poole, PT, DPT

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Financial: Ashley Poole receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

Nonfinancial: Ashley Poole is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association's Academy of Acute Care Physical Therapy, Academy of Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Physical Therapy, and Academy of Education. She has no competing nonfinancial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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Video Runtime: 45 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 35 Minutes

Evidence indicates that early mobilization of patients has many beneficial effects. Clinicians are treating and mobilizing patients in the intensive care unit with increasingly complex needs, including patients who require mechanical ventilation and/or tracheostomy. It is important that clinicians understand the basics of managing these patients to ensure safe and evidence-based practice. This course will provide clinicians with a basic understanding of mechanical ventilation and tracheostomy care and teach clinicians how to safely manage these patients during a rehab treatment session. Information in this course could be applicable to any health profession, including physical therapy and occupational therapy, that treats and mobilizes patients who require mechanical ventilation and/or tracheostomy in the acute care setting.

Meet Your Instructor

Ashley Poole, PT, DPT

Ashley Poole, PT, DPT, holds a full-time faculty appointment in the Doctor of Physical Therapy division at Duke University. She has more than 20 years of clinical practice experience and was awarded board certification as a cardiovascular and pulmonary clinical specialist by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties in 2013. She teaches courses on…

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1. Introduction to Mechanical Ventilation (MV)

This chapter will provide an overall understanding of mechanical ventilation, including indications, goals, and complications. To safely manage patients requiring mechanical ventilation, it is important to understand the difference between invasive and noninvasive ventilation as well as the different modes, settings, and types of breaths that can be delivered by mechanical ventilation.

2. Artificial Airways and Tracheostomy

This chapter will provide an overall understanding of artificial airways with a focus on tracheostomy. It is important for a rehab clinician to understand the different types, indications, and complications of artificial airways to safely manage patients during a rehab session.

3. Management of a Patient Requiring Mechanical Ventilation or Tracheostomy

It is important for a rehab clinician to safely manage a patient who requires mechanical ventilation and/or tracheostomy. This chapter will discuss the negative effects of bed rest and the benefits of exercise and will introduce the audience to an evidence-based approach to optimize recovery and outcomes for these patients. Included will be a specific focus on mobility safety considerations using a traffic light approach in patients requiring mechanical ventilation.

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