Causes for patient-ventilator dysynchrony include both patient factors and ventilator factors. Although dysynchrony can be detected upon physical assessment, careful analysis of ventilator waveforms allows for more precise clinical care. It is the responsibility of the clinician to be able to recognize and fix this “tug of war” between the patient and ventilator that is associated with adverse effects including increased WOB, discomfort, increased need for sedation, prolonged ICU stay, and possibly higher mortality rates.
Intended Learners: Critical Care Clinicians
This package of four RespiSim® clinical simulations gives learners hands-on experience recognizing and identifying dysynchrony and its deleterious effects, recommending changes to ventilator parameters, and implementing lung protective strategies. Learners gain a breadth of experience with different patient and dysynchrony types.