AANA Journal Course: Optimizing Mechanical Ventilation during General Anesthesia

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Class A Credits: 1

Format: PDF

Course Launch Date: 4/17/20

Course Expires: 4/16/23

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The purpose of this activity is to enable anesthesia providers to possess current evidence-based knowledge of pulmonary mechanics which will enable them to interpret bedside measurements and waveforms, prescribe optimal ventilator settings that minimize pulmonary sequela and ensuring homeostasis.  Additionally, employ pressure support ventilation during GA and emergence in order to ensure optimal pulmonary function and sequelae.

The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

AANA is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing, CEP #10862.


Post-Test Attempt Notice
A minimum passing score of 80% is required to pass this course. You have TWO opportunities to achieve a passing score. If you fail to achieve a passing score of 80%, you will not receive CE credit for this course.

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The views, information, or opinions expressed within the videos and audio are solely those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily represent those of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists.

Course content has been prepared by the presenter/developer, and each viewer agrees that the presenter/developer is solely responsible for the content and the accuracy thereof. The viewer agrees that the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists has no responsibility or liability for the accuracy or completeness of the content.

  • Describe concepts of pulmonary mechanics including compliance resistance dead space ventilation and perfusion mismatch functional residual capacity and alveolar recruitment.
  • Apply these concepts to intraoperative assessment and management of mechanical ventilation.
  • Describe best practices for preventing lung injury maintaining functional residual capacity alveolar recruitment and gas exchange using optimal positive endexpiratory pressure (PEEP) and trials of PEEP.
  • Obtain a foundational understanding of pressure support ventilation including characteristics indications application pitfalls and appropriate use.

G. Troy Wright, DNAP, CRNA



Lonny Ashworth, Med, RRT, FAARC



Scot Pettey, DNAP, CRNA, ARNP


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