Monitoring of Respiratory Mechanics in the Intensive Care Unit: Models, Techniques and Measurement Methods

  • A. Aliverti


Any assessment of respiratory-system mechanics from measured data is strongly dependent on the model adopted to describe the structure of the respiratory system and its components: airways, lung and chest wall. Sometime, the model may be very complex, with multiple alveolar compartments and airway branches representing the tracheo-bronchial tree, or many chest-wall structures representing the rib cage, the respiratory muscles and the abdomen. This modelling approach is used mainly for research purposes, when an analytical description is required to study the respiratory system in detail and data that cannot be obtained in humans are available.


Acute Lung Injury Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Patient Lung Volume Respir Crit Functional Residual Capacity 
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  • A. Aliverti
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  1. 1.Politecnico di MilanoTMB Laboratory, Department of BioengineeringMilanItaly

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