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Basic Mechanical ventilation

Mechanical ventilation is a life-saving treatment modality used for critically ill patients who require assistance with spontaneous ventilation. However, this treatment modality is not without complications for instance ventilator lung injury and ventilator associated pneumonia. A 30% mortality rate, increased stay on the ventilator, hospital stay and increase cost has been globally reported. Due to the complications, it is therefore important that health care practitioners caring for mechanically ventilated patients are safe, knowledgeable and competent.

The aim of the short learning programme in mechanical ventilation is to enhance the knowledge of health care professionals in caring for patients connected to the mechanical ventilator.

The short learning programme comprise of the following component:

  • Anatomy and physiology of the respiratory system.
  • Basic concepts related to mechanical ventilation
  • Ventilator modes
  • Ventilator graphics
  • Complications related to mechanical ventilation
  • Caring for the mechanical ventilated patient
  • Scenario application


Two day (08:00-16:00)


±R450 per person per day (Refreshments and material included). Please see application forms.

Who should attend?

Health care professionals caring for the mechanically ventilated patient in a critically care unit.


Please send the registration form to Ms S.Koyo at or fax the application and proof of payment to 041-504 2616 marked attention for: Sichumile Koyo.

Should you have any questions please contact Dr Poria Jordan Tel: 041 504 4501

Download the application form at the top right side of this page and fax it back to us.