Document title: An Introduction to Mechanical Ventilation for the Novice Nurse.
Document type: PDF
Author: Tamara Hills.
I’m an emergency nurse and mother of two. Although I’d like to deny it, both my children are teenagers. At 16-years-old there is Christopher – aka “the most inspirational geek in the world”. Just google “christopher hills cerebral palsy” and you’ll find him. At 14-years-old there’s my lovely Catherine – aspiring author, Gleek, avid reader and all-round delight. Of course, I couldn’t do what I do without Garry – husband and carer extraordinaire. Married a mere 20 years and counting!
Mechanical ventilation is an important life-saving intervention that may seem daunting to a novice resuscitation nurse. As you progress into resus, it is important to become familiar with the theory and practice of mechanical ventilation. This package is designed for the novice resus nurse. As such, it provides an entry-level outline of many important concepts. Correct use of mechanical ventilation is a complex skill that cannot be taught in a single package. As you learn to apply these concepts to actual patient care, new questions will no doubt arise. You are encouraged to continue your learning beyond this package, with further reading and ongoing conversations with more advanced clinical nurses in your department.
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