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Mechanical Ventilation

The Mechanical Ventilation Certificate of Completion (COC) Program provides hands-on experience troubleshooting mechanical ventilation, describing basic features of positive pressure breathing, exploiting ventilator graphics using equation of motion, and identifying key determinants of ventilator-induced lung injury. Become an expert at determining conventional settings for treating acute respiratory failure, as well as integrating new strategies for providing life support while simultaneously protecting the lung. Take these individual courses, or work toward the Certificate of Completion.

Program Requirements

(Must be completed within 3 years of starting the program; listed in recommended order of completion.)

  1. Attend Mechanical Ventilation: Advanced Critical Care Management

    Acquire extensive knowledge in advanced techniques and skills for mechanical ventilation in the critically ill patient, including the latest advances in ventilator technology through lectures, interactive discussion, hands-on small group workshops, and case-based exercises. This comprehensive, interactive program emphasizes practical solutions for issues related to patients in respiratory failure. Topics include ventilator modes, ventilator-induced lung injury, management of obstructive and parenchymal lung disease, management of hypoxemia, and patient-ventilator synchrony.

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  2. Pass a Final Comprehensive Assessment Exam

    Successful performance on an examination administered at the CHEST Annual Meeting is the final requirement. All previous requirements must be met before taking the exam. Purchase in our online store.

    You are required to complete the COC program within 3 years.

Target Audience

  • Hospitalists, intensivists, and critical care practitioners.
  • Bedside intensivists, hospitalists, pulmonologists, critical care physicians, advanced practice nurses, and respiratory therapists who routinely deal with mechanically ventilated patients in the ICU.
  • Fellowship program directors who require faculty capability in mechanical ventilation to train their fellows.
  • Those interested in providing a highly immersive, structured, and professionally produced mechanical ventilation simulation training program in their own institutions.

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