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Course description: 

This presentation is targeted to respiratory therapists and other clinicians interested in enhancing their knowledge of ventilator graphics and is designed to provide the learner with an introduction to ventilator graphics and the basic skills needed to interpret them. The first section examines the normal characteristics of ventilator waveforms and then reviews abnormal waveform patterns and discusses the clinical significance of each. The last section reviews the applications of trending patient data.

This program is approved for 1 CE by the AARC; accreditation refers to recognition of educational activities only and does not imply AARC approval or endorsement of any commercial product.


Course is free



Course objectives: 

  • Identify components of ventilator waveforms.
  • Recognize at least three abnormal scalar and two abnormal loop waveforms.
  • Identify patient-ventilator asynchrony and describe two ways to improve synchrony.
  • Describe two clinical scenarios in which waveforms help optimize ventilator settings.
  • Discuss two clinical scenarios in which trending patient data can be used to optimize ventilator management.
Course details

Delivery method: 

  • eLearning


  • English

Course author(s): 

Philips Respiratory Care

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