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Innovations in Mechanical Ventilation

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New features of mechanical ventilators are frequently introduced, including new modes, monitoring techniques, and triggering techniques. But new rarely translates into any measureable improvement in outcome. We describe 4 new techniques and attempt to define what is a new invention versus what is innovative—a technique that significantly improves a measurable variable. We describe and review the literature on automated weaning, automated measurement of functional residual capacity, neural triggering, and novel displays of respiratory mechanics.

Keywords: functional residual capacity; mechanical ventilation; neurally adjusted ventilatory assistance; ventilator; weaning

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: July 1, 2009

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