The SEVA mission is to provide a universal and standardized education program in the theory and practice of mechanical ventilation. SEVA uses online and simulation-based instruction that is both self-directed and instructor-led to elevate the competency of health care professionals to a mastery level. 

SEVA Mission Chart.


The SEVA program is designed to progressively increase the learner’s level of knowledge of the subject of mechanical ventilation. SEVA is comprised of several educational courses to achieve this. We use different education strategies to achieve our educational objectives. 

  • SEVA-basic, SEVA-theory, and SEVA-lab are self-directed, online courses that are designed to deliver content that is the basis for later courses.
  • SEVA-team uses team-based interactive learning to extend basic knowledge to more clinically oriented topics.
  • SEVA-sim incorporates team-based learning with patient simulations to apply knowledge learned in previous SEVA levels.
  • SEVA-master uses skill stations and simulations to teach advanced physiological concepts and monitoring techniques.
  • SEVA-VentRounds is an interactive, online weekly webinar designed to maintain certification and retention of knowledge. To address the need for ongoing competency training and evaluation, we use an adaptive learning platform (called Ottolearn). Adaptive learning is essentially a personalized approach to periodic training and assessment based on the latest artificial intelligence software and cognitive science theories. As a first step, we have imported the entire content of SEVA-basic from MyLearning to Ottolearn.

SEVA program chart.

Learners involved in the SEVA program can attain different levels of certification.

  • SEVA basic level: Any caregiver involved with mechanical ventilation. Learners that would benefit from this level are medical students, residents rotating in the ICU, nursing, or respiratory therapists that may be called to work with mechanical ventilators.
  • SEVA Advanced level: Caregivers in charge of the implementation of mechanical ventilation. This would be the minimum level expected for trainees in critical care medicine, advanced practice providers, and respiratory therapists in critical care units. 
  • SEVA Master level: Experienced caregivers in charge of implementing mechanical ventilation. Learners at this level learn about disease-specific protocol implementation, advanced physiologic concepts, and special ventilation modes. This level would be expected of mechanical ventilation champions, supervisors, or program directors. This is the expected level for graduating or practicing critical care physicians. 

Learners are encouraged to achieve the highest level possible. Upon completing the SEVA program, the learner will be awarded CEUs and an official certificate of completion.

For more information please contact:  

SEVA development team. Left to right: Jennifer Baxley, Sherry Babic, Prof. Robert Chatburn, Dr Eduardo Mireles-Cabodevila, Ryan Cutro, Ariel Garnero.

Legend: SEVA development team. Left to right: Jennifer Baxley, Sherry Babic, Prof. Robert Chatburn, Dr Eduardo Mireles-Cabodevila, Ryan Cutro, Ariel Garnero.

SEVA Resources

SEVA Resources

Phone Application

A free phone app called Ventilator Mode Map is available for download on iPhone and Android. The app is a database of 65 brands of ventilators and 795 mode names classified using the taxonomy of mechanical ventilation. The app is updated periodically, so if you find errors, or some ventilators are missing, please send us a message at SEVA@ccf.org.

SEVA Checklist:

SEVA trains providers on Goal-Directed Ventilator management. The framework is highlighted below.

GVPS chart.

Key articles

  1. Chatburn RL, El-Khatib M, Mireles-Cabodevila E. A taxonomy for mechanical ventilation: 10 fundamental maxims. Respir Care. 2014;59(11):1747-1763. https://rc.rcjournal.com/content/59/11/1747.short
  2. Mireles-Cabodevila E, Hatipoglu U, Chatburn RL. A rational framework for selecting modes of ventilation. Respir Care. 2013;58(2):348-366. https://rc.rcjournal.com/content/58/4/e51.2
  3. Mireles-Cabodevila E, Siuba MT, Chatburn RL. A Taxonomy for patient-ventilator Interactions and a method to read ventilator waveforms. Respir Care. 2021:respcare.09316. https://rc.rcjournal.com/content/67/1/129.short
  4. Chatburn RL. The Complexities of Mechanical Ventilation: Toppling the Tower of Babel.. Respir Care. 2023 Jun;68(6):796-820. doi: 10.4187/respcare.10828 https://rc.rcjournal.com/content/68/6/796.short
SEVA VentRounds

SEVA VentRounds

To increase and maintain knowledge, we offer a biweekly live conference called SEVA-VentRounds. During these 30-minute conferences, we all learn together. We review a key knowledge concept, followed by analysis of a ventilator waveform using the SEVA method. At every one of these events there is a lot of discussion and learning. Robert Chatburn and Eduardo Mireles-Cabodevila host these interactive events.

SEVA VentRounds is held every other week on Tuesdays at 2 p.m.

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