I'm a GN hired into an ICU Internship. Today was "Respiratory Class" and it rocked my world. The RT Clinical Manager for Adult ICU came in in a whirlwind for the last hour of our course and started throwing ABGs on the board and asking us to determine the vent settings. No S/S, no chief complaints, etc, JUST THE ABG. I am not familiar with the ventilator settings and the Clin Manager even said it's subjective as to which setting the doc will choose....but I felt insecure and small when he left.
So how did you guys learn? He wanted us to determine VT, FiO2, RR, and PEEP as well as mode.
Thanks so much!