Advanced Ventilatory Support – RESP 406

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

Advance ventilatory support inclusive of advanced modes (NAVA, APRV, PAV, ASV, etc.), high frequency ventilation, extracorporeal CO2 removal and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation.




New and improved ways of ventilating patients with cardiopulmonary diseases are ever evolving and changing. This course will focus on the advanced modes of mechanical ventilation with an emphasis on theory, risk/benefit ratio and application.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    1. Compare and contrast advanced and non-traditional modes of ventilation.
    2. Evaluate a patient on ECMO or negative pressure ventilation.
    3. Determine the need for advanced modes by weighing the risk/benefit ratio.
    4. Execute a weaning strategy utilizing advanced modalities of ventilation.
    5. Determine if advanced ventilatory support is helping by critically analyzing clinical data.

Program Learning Outcomes

The below are the Respiratory Therapy Program Learning Outcomes (PLO)

    1. Comprehend, apply, and evaluate clinical information relevant to their roles as a registered respiratory therapist (cognitive domain).
    2. Perform the technical skills necessary to fulfill their role as a registered respiratory therapist (psychomotor domain).
    3. Demonstrate professional behavior consistent with clinical rotation site expectations as a registered respiratory therapist (affective domain).
    4. Utilize critical thinking/problem solving skills to develop the best patient treatment for those suffering from cardiopulmonary disease.
    5. Integrate the biblical worldview into all aspects of respiratory therapy.

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will have emphasized A, B, C and D, and reinforced E.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (5)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 200 words, demonstrate course-related knowledge, and integrate at least 1 biblical principle. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 50 words.

PEEP Study Flowsheet

The student will determine the optimal PEEP level for a patient based upon a wide range of physiological data presented, in 3,750–5,000 words.

Ventilator Asynchrony Diagnosis/Recommendations

The student will recognize ventilator asynchrony occurring, diagnose the type of asynchrony, and make appropriate recommendations for correcting it.

Implementing NAVA

The student will demonstrate effective implementation of NAVA Ventilation, selecting appropriate settings for the patient based upon physiologic data.

Modifying APRV

The student will demonstrate effective APRV management, including modification of APRV settings based upon physiologic data presented.

Advanced Ventilatory Modality Paper

The student will write a 4–5-page research-based paper in current APA format that focuses on any Advanced Ventilatory Modality presented in the course. The paper must include at least 3 references in addition to the course textbook and the Bible.

Exam Study Guides (2)

The student will complete 2 Exam Study Guides in preparation for each exam.

Exams (2)

Each exam will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned modules/weeks. Each exam will be open-book/open-notes, containing 20 short-answer and essay questions, and will have a 2-hour time limit.