Assessment of Lung Function in Mechanically Ventilated Patients

  • J. H. T. Bates


Lung function is often compromised in respiratory failure. Therefore, the management of mechanically ventilated patients is facilitated by knowing the mechanical properties of the patient’s lungs. Monitoring mechanical lung function regularly may help in the diagnosis of adverse events such as onset of pulmonary edema or blockage of the endotracheal tube. Ventilator-induced lung injury (VILI), due to over-stretch of the pulmonary tissues, may be minimized if the relationships between volume, flow and pressure in the lungs are understood and ventilatory parameters are chosen accordingly.


Viscoelastic Model Tracheal Stenosis Lung Mechanic Lung Volume Reduction Surgery Forced Oscillation Technique 
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