Mechanical Ventilation for Surgeons

Presented by Dr. Lawrence Gillman and Dr. Jeremy Grushka
Recorded on: April 29, 2020

Session Description

During the COVID-19 pandemic surgeons may be called upon to work in areas normally outside of their scope of practice. This may include spending time in the intensive care unit caring for ventilated patients. In this webinar we will discuss basic modes of ventilation to provide an introductory understanding of the function and settings of each mode and how they may be applied. We will also discuss common problems encountered with ventilated patients and how to troubleshoot them. Finally we will discuss specific ventilatory considerations for COVID positive patients.

Session Objectives

• Describe the basic modes of ventilation
• Develop an approach to troubleshooting basic ventilator problems
• Discuss basic ventilator management of a COVID positive patient

About the Presenters

Dr. Lawrence Gillman is an associate professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Manitoba where he practices as an Acute Care/Trauma Surgeon and Intensivist. He is Director of the Clinical Learning and Simulation Program for the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences. He completed medical school and surgical residency at the University of Manitoba. He subsequently completed a Masters in Medical Education at the University of Dundee followed by fellowship training in Critical Care Medicine and Trauma Surgery at the University of Calgary. His research interests include point of care ultrasound, surgical education and multidisciplinary crisis simulation. He is founder of the national Simulated Trauma and Resuscitation Team Training (S.T.A.R.T.T.) Course and editor of the Trauma Team Dynamics textbook. He is also a proud parent of four energetic young kids.

Dr. Jeremy Grushka is an attending trauma surgeon and surgical intensivist in the Division of Trauma and General Surgery at the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC). He is Assistant Professor of Surgery at McGill University. Jeremy completed his medical degree and general surgery residency training at McGill University and then obtained his subspecialty training in trauma surgery and critical care at the Ryder Trauma Center, Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida. During his fellowship training he also completed a Masters of Public Health at the University of Miami. He also holds a Master’s of Science in Experimental Surgery from McGill University.

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