The following is only a brief summary of mechanical ventilation.
Refer to a formal textbook for an in depth discussion
The main issues regarding mechanical ventilation will be considered under
- Clinical applications
- Why control gas exchange?
- Why control work of breathing?
- Criteria for ventilation
- Weaning modes
- Special functions - e.g. PEEP, I:E ratio (or inspiratory and expiratory times), flow
- Patient factors - Sedation/Paralysis
- Ventilator alarms
See Practical application with the OxyLog 2000