Mechanical ventilation is machine generated flow of gas into and out of the lungs that acts as a substitute for normal respiratory function
Indications for mechanical ventilation:
Failure to oxygenate:
Diffusion defect (i.e., pulmonary edema, pneumonitis, pneumonia)
Severe ventilation/perfusion mismatch (i.e., PE,...
End-tidal CO2 monitoring when available
Physiology can help you troubleshoot the vent. Remember that you control ventilation by adjusting the TV and RR and that you control oxygenation by adjusting PEEP and FiO2. Peak pr...
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