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Liberation from mechanical ventilation: Can telehealth help expedite?


Liberation from mechanical ventilation is not a “cut and dried” process.  Clinicians need to be able to recognize patient’s rediness for ventilator separation and extubation.  Spontaneous Breathing Trials (SBTs) are the accepted method of assessment, but not always predictive.  In this webinar, there will be a discussion of the evidence for SBTs and of the role of automated weaning protocols.


Telehealth is an ever-expanding tool for clinicians to provide care remotely and assist with real-time assessments and decision-making.  As tele-ICU models have begun to incorporate ventilator weaning rounds into their care models, early data has demonstrated improved clinical outcomes at the bedside.  Telehealth provides the opportunity to standardize and disseminate ventilator weaning protocols and to expedite real-time decision-making in mechanical ventilation liberation.

This program is accredited for 1.0 contact hours for Registered Nurses and Respiratory Therapists. In order to take this test and receive your certificate, after viewing this video, please go to register, and answer the questions and survey. Upon successful completion, you may print out your certificate

Learning Objectives:

  1. Upon completion of this activity, the participant will be able to:
  2. Describe the evidence relating to spontaneous breathing trials
  3. Discuss the evidence and role of automated weaning
  4. Identify opportunities where telehealth can standardize and improve compliance of ventilator weaning protocols
  5. Describe how telehealth can help disseminate current best practices for liberation from mechanical ventilation