Mechanical Ventilators: Critical Assessment and Methods of Use
We use a “consumer-report” format in this chapter to present information on a variety of ventilators. Given a limitless budget, we would buy the most versatile, reliable, and powerful ventilator available. Where funds are limited, however, the physician may have great difficulty deciding what is best in terms of his needs and the funds available. Furthermore, there has as yet been no attempt to critically evaluate each new ventilator by an unbiased central agency, and comparisons based on manufacturers’ claims can be misleading.
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