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The Mechanical Ventilator 

The Mechanical Ventilator
Author(s):

John W. Kreit

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date: 05 July 2020

Congratulations! You made it through my tutorial on essential pulmonary and cardiovascular physiology. It wasn’t too bad, was it? Well, even if you had to drink a few grande caramel lattes (with low-fat milk), I guarantee that your newfound knowledge will make it much easier to understand the concepts presented in subsequent chapters. In fact, throughout the rest of this book, I’ll often refer to the physiological principles discussed in the previous section, so feel free to go back and reread parts of it as needed. You can always have another latte!

In this next section, you’ll learn all about mechanical ventilators, the many options that are available for assisting patient ventilation, and the ventilator alarms that ensure patient safety. You will also become familiar with the huge number of often-confusing abbreviations and acronyms that are used when caring for mechanically ventilated patients.