- 0Aug 21, '11 by ahm5012I am brand new to the ICU world and I was hoping that someone could please explain the different modes of mechanical ventilation and what makes certain modes more favorable for certain conditions. My preceptor has briefly explained them to me but she is a relatively new ICU nurse (<1 year experience) as well and probably doesn't have as good of a grasp on the mechanics as would a more seasoned nurse. I really appreciate any help you many have to offer!
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- 2Aug 21, '11 by FlyingScotYou'd be better off to talk to one of your respiratory therapists. Most of them are eager to answer questions and are a wealth of knowledge. And they are usually able to explain it in a manner that is understandable. Mechanical ventilation can be quite complicated.
- 5Aug 21, '11 by meandragonbrettAsk RT or your pulmonary or critical care service folks. They'll be your best resources. Here is a link to some introductory information that you might find useful. CCM Tutorial
I am more concerned with you having a preceptor that has been an ICU RN for less than one year. THAT is a problem.
- 0Aug 22, '11 by MomRN0913Quote from BiffbradfordThey do save yourAgreed. Pick the brain of the next RT that crosses your path. Never hurts to have a few friends in that arena as well.
They love to explain this stuff, this is their area of expertise. I also totally agree to have some friends in the RT. I was very close to the RT's and when I called, they answered, thank God. The other nurses would have me call them to get them to come.... They do save your butt sometimes.
When I started int he ICU I didn't know much about it, but I picked their brains any chance I had ot educate myself. It'll come in due time.
- 0Dec 31, '11 by NCRNMDMAsk your RTs as they will have the most information, and will be able to explain things to you in the most comprehensive way. In the meantime, you could try this website: Adult Ventilation Management Online Nursing Continuing Education Course
I am still in nursing school, but I recently had to do a rotation with a respiratory therapist. We got to choose an area we were interested in, and then we were allowed to observe respiratory as they worked in that area. Since I want to be a critical care nurse, I chose the ICU. After my observation, I had to write a paper about ventilation, ventilator modes, respiratory meds, etc. I used the website above to write some of my paper. It has an explanation of the vent modes, and also includes other information. I hope that helps.