Anaesthetic Machines as ICU Ventilators

You may be caring for patients who are being mechanically ventilated either with an ICU ventilator or an anaesthetic machine. 

You would not be expected to change any of the ventilation settings. You should have a basic understanding of ventilation and what to do should the patient desaturate as you call for help.

The linked video is a tutorial on the basics of ventilation using an anaesthetic machine. There is also a checklist of considerations when you review your patient.

You will also find a top tips guide to ventilation using an anaesthetic machine.

A great on line resource fromNIHR on Ventilator Training is found here

And amazingly a video made by the anaesthetic team at Charing Cross is really useful and is locally relevant so do watch this resource. Watch Now.