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Design and function of mechanical ventilators 

Design and function of mechanical ventilators
Design and function of mechanical ventilators

Robert L. Chatburn

and Eduardo Mireles-Cabodevila

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date: 25 February 2020

This chapter presents a new approach to understanding the design and function of mechanical ventilators. Mechanical ventilators have become so complex that a practical classification system or taxonomy is required to compare and contrast treatment options. This chapter describes the 10 fundamental maxims from which we construct a taxonomy to describe each mode of mechanical ventilation. This method provides a framework for the comparison of published studies of mechanical ventilation, gives consistency in education and clinical practice. It also allows comparisons between different ventilator manufacturers and, most importantly, it provides a framework to match modes to specific patient needs.

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