Care of the ventilated patient in A&E
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Care of the ventilated patient in A&E

Mike Dickinson A&E Charge Nurse/Emergency Nurse Practitioner, Royal Bolton Hospital

Caring for patients receiving intermittent positive pressure ventilation (IPPV) is a skill which needs to be developed in emergency units in the UK. Mike Dickinson examines the decisions which support the use of rapid sequence induction techniques and the potential problems which A&E nurses may encounter

Aims and intended learning outcomes

This article outlines the indications for instigation of intermittent positive pressure ventilation (IPPV) in the A&E department. The common ventilation settings encountered are discussed along with the potential and actual complications associated with IPPV. Finally the basic nursing care of a patient receiving IPPV is reviewed. After reading this article you should be able to :

Discuss the indications for IPPV in the A&E department

Demonstrate a working knowledge of the ventilator used in your own department

Discuss the actual and potential complications associated with IPPV

Demonstrate an understanding of the nursing care of a patient receiving IPPV.

Emergency Nurse. 8, 3, 28-33. doi: 10.7748/en2000.