Respiratory Care Curriculum: Invasive Mechanical Ventilation

Respiratory Care Curriculum: Invasive Mechanical Ventilation

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In this course, participants will learn the fundamentals of pediatric invasive mechanical ventilation including intubation, ventilator setup, initiation, management, assessment and documentation. Additionally, the attendee will complete an online ventilator simulation.

This course would have not been possible without the talented, thoughtful and kind leadership of Craig Smallwood, PhD, RRT. He was a brilliant young scientist, educator and innovator who was an inspiration to all who had the honor of working with him. 

In Memoriam Craig Smallwood, PhD, RRT


This is a free, self-paced, open-enrollment course that may be started and completed at any time. 

Learning Objectives

  • Identify various oxygen-delivery devices and their associated benefits and limitations
  • Demonstrate effective manual bag-mask ventilation technique
  • Generate a standardized approach to preparing for intubation and extubation procedures
  • Describe the basic principles of invasive mechanical ventilation
  • Demonstrate how to safely set-up a mechanical ventilator and monitor intubated patients
  • Practice titrating mechanical ventilator settings based on different clinical scenarios
  • Demonstrate how to effectively secure and suction endotracheal tubes

Suggested Audience

  • Respiratory Therapists
  • Nurses

Curriculum Coordinator

  • Craig Smallwood, RRT
  • Brian Walsh, PhD, RRT-NPS, RRT-ACCS, RPFT, AE-C


Debra Morrow, RN, BSN, CCRN, Robert Pascucci, MD, Traci Wolbrink, MD, MPH, Craig Smallwood, RRT, Mary-Jeanne Manning, APRN, MSN, BC, PNP, CCRN, Nancy Craig, RRT-NPS, Barry Grenier, RRT-NPS, Gerhard Wolf, MD, Kevin Bullock, MS, RRT-NPS

Release Date

  • Released: 10/8/2015