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Keywords

Mechanical ventilator, Sedation, Weaning

 

Authors

  1. Rumpke, Amanda L. RN, MSN, ACNP, CCRN
  2. Zimmerman, Beth A. RN, BSN

Abstract

Prolongation of mechanical ventilation poses serious personal and financial threats to healthcare consumers. To that end, many healthcare-related groups have established mechanisms for rapid weaning and subsequent extubation of mechanically ventilated patients. Our objectives were to create and implement an evidenced-based, multidisciplinary care-driven ventilator-weaning protocol as well as revise existing ventilator sedation protocols to decrease length of stay in addition to time spent on the ventilator. Our findings are presented in this article.