Assisting Ventilation by Pressure Support: More than a Weaning Tool

  • N. Patroniti
  • G. Foti
  • A. Pesenti


Since its introduction [1, 2], pressure support ventilation (PSV) has become one of the most frequently used partial ventilatory support techniques [3]. Despite its popularity, PSV in intubated patients is commonly seen as a weaning mode; therefore it comes as no surprise that information on the use of PSV in patients with acute lung injury (ALI) and acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is rather limited. It is our contention that in patients with ALI/ARDS, PSV could be applied not only safely, but also more broadly than commonly thought. The purpose of this brief chapter is to discuss some of the recent evidence on the use of PSV in patients with ALI/ARDS, which could justify and extend its application in the intensive care unit (ICU).


Acute Lung Injury Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome Pressure Support Respir Crit Spontaneous Breathing 
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