Online Course
Diaphragmatic Breathing and Ventilator-Induced Diaphragmatic Dysfunction
Understand the impact of mechanical ventilation on diaphragm function and how to overcome it

0.5-1 hour





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Rina Pandya
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Diaphragmatic breathing is important for strength and endurance. When mechanical ventilatory assistance is introduced after respiratory failure, diaphragm inactivity and unloading leads to diaphragmatic atrophy and fatigue. This can contribute to prolonged mechanical ventilation and difficulty weaning. This course introduces methods to help strengthen the diaphragm and achieve successful weaning from mechanical ventilation.


This course aims to introduce the causes of diaphragm weakness after ventilation and explore how patients can be successfully weaned off a ventilator.


This course is made up of videos, reading, discussions and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Video
  2. Reading activity
  3. Quiz

Target audience

This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy clinicians, students and assistants. Other interested professionals such as athletic trainers, occupational therapists, nurses or medical doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.


Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 0.5-1 hour depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.
Types of Activities - Reading Physiopedia pages, journal articles, book chapters. Watching videos. Attempting quizzes. Participating in an international discussion forum.
Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 0.6 Plus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.

Requirements to complete this course

In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:

  1. Respect the Plus Community Culture.
  2. Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
  3. Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
  4. Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
  5. Complete a course evaluation form.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • explain eight effects of diaphragmatic breathing
  • describe Ventilator-Induced Diaphragmatic Dysfunction
  • list the effects of Ventilator-Induced Diaphragmatic Dysfunction
  • discuss interventions to help wean a patient from mechanical ventilation in an intensive care setting
Featured reviews
This course reminds me of how the diaphragm is affected by prolonged mechanical ventilation!
Annastacia King-Kelly