Airway Pressure Release Ventilation: Promises and Potentials for Concern

  • J. Gutiérrez Mejía
  • E. Fan
  • N. D. Ferguson
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Mechanical ventilation is one of the most common interventions used in the intensive care unit (ICU); it is a life-saving procedure and a cornerstone in supporting a wide variety of patients from those going through elective surgery procedures to patients with life-threatening processes such as severe sepsis or acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) [1]. Initially conceived as supportive treatment for patients with complications of poliomyelitis but without parenchymal lung disease, positive-pressure mechanical ventilation has evolved over the years due to our expanding knowledge of respiratory physiology, and to advances in ventilator design which allow faster responses to the requirements of each patient.


Lung Injury Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Acute Lung Injury Airway Pressure Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Gutiérrez Mejía
    • 1
  • E. Fan
    • 2
  • N. D. Ferguson
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Critical CareToronto Western HospitalTorontoCanada
  2. 2.Department of Pulmonary and Critical Care MedicineJohns Hopkins UniversityBaltimoreUSA

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