Continuing Education Course: Ventilator Associated Pneumonia: A Clinical Approach to Prevention

Successful completion of this activity awards one contact hour of Continuing Nursing Education credit or one contact hour of Respiratory CRCE credit.

Course Overview:
This self-study program is designed to provide the learner with an understanding of ventilator associated pneumonia, the second most common infection occurring in patients requiring mechanical ventilation for longer than 48 hours and is associated with high morbidity and mortality. Because of this, there is great interest in accurately diagnosing, treating and preventing complications. This program will provide the learner with a general overview of VAP and a better understanding of the preventative principles associated with VAP.

After completing this activity, the participant should be able to:

  •  List the major risk factors associated with VAP.
  •  Identify three prevention principles related to reducing colonization.
  •  Describe three principles associated with reducing or preventing aspiration.

Course Length: One Hour

Intended Audience:
This self-study program is designed for healthcare professionals interested in enhancing their personal and professional development by participating in self-paced CE programs based on current research and practice.

Registration Process – First Time Learners

  1. Go to Smiths Medical Online Training Portal
  2. Click the Register button
  3. Enter 2012-CE03 and then click Continue
  4. Follow prompts to create your account

Registration Process – Add Course to Account

  1. Log-in
  2. Click Add Course button
  3. Enter Registration Code for course you want added to account
  • Successful completion of this activity awards one contact hour of Continuing Nursing Education credit or one contact hour of Respiratory CRCE credit.
  • Records for educational activities will be maintained for five years.
  • For questions please email:
  • This course may only be completed once for contact hour credit.
  • Please refer to the online portal for course expiration date.

Accreditation – Nursing

Smiths Medical Clinical Education Provider Unit is approved for providing continuing nursing education by the California Board of Nursing, provider number CEP 15005.

Approval as a provider refers only to this continuing education activity and does not imply California Board of Registered Nursing endorsement of any commercial products.

Accreditation – Respiratory

Select programs are approved for contact hour continuing respiratory care education (CRCE) credit by the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC), 9425 N. MacArthur Blvd. Suite 100, Irving, TX, 75063. Program approval refers only to the continuing education activities and does not imply AARC endorsement of any commercial products

Commercial Support

These continuing education activities are supported by Smiths Medical North America. Please note that all Smiths Medical training options may not be available in all global regions.