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The Mechanical Ventilator 

The Mechanical Ventilator
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John W. Kreit

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date: 18 August 2019

Instrumentation and Terminology describes the general design of mechanical ventilators, reviews the functions of the ventilator–user interface, and defines and explains commonly used terms and acronyms associated with mechanical ventilators. Despite big differences in outward appearance, all mechanical ventilators have several basic features in common. All must be connected to high-pressure sources of oxygen and air. All ventilators have a user interface, which allows the clinician to easily choose from a wide variety of ventilator settings, and displays these settings, as well as important, real-time patient data. Tables 4.1 and 4.2 in this chapter list most of the terms that you’ll need to use and understand when caring for mechanically ventilated patients.

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