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Ventilator Modes and Breath Types 

Ventilator Modes and Breath Types
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Ventilator Modes and Breath Types
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John W. Kreit

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190670085.003.0005
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date: 23 October 2019

Ventilator Modes and Breath Types describes, compares, and contrasts the different modes and breath types that are available on intensive care unit ventilators. The chapter first covers the various ventilator modes: continuous mandatory ventilation, synchronized intermittent mandatory ventilation, spontaneous ventilation, and bi-level ventilation. Then it turns to a discussion of the various mechanical breath types: volume control, pressure control, adaptive pressure control, pressure support, and finally, adaptive pressure support. It also provides practical advice about how and when to use each mode–breath type combination. Eight Boxes in the chapter discuss each breath type, and list each type’s features, and its clinician-set parameters.

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