Principles of mechanical ventilation for non-critical care nurses

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Ventilation is the process by which gases move in and out of the lungs (Woodrow, 2019). In critically unwell patients, self-ventilation may become inadequate. Artificial ventilation may be required when self-ventilation is, or is likely to be, inadequate due to respiratory or neurological distress causing loss of consciousness; the use of recreational drugs, sedatives; opioid medications; head injury and neurological disorders.

This article aims to introduce non-critical care nurses to the principles of mechanical ventilation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)470-475
Number of pages6
JournalBritish Journal of Nursing
Issue number8
Early online date23 Apr 2020
Publication statusPublished - 23 Apr 2020


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