Alveolar Recruitment

  • L. M. Bigatello
  • P. Caironi
Conference paper


Hypoxemia can be relieved in two basic ways: by increasing the concentration of inspired oxygen (FiO2) and by inflating the hypoventilated lung. Other mechanisms, such as hyperventilation and administration of hyperbaric oxygen, have limited efficacy (the former) or are impractical (the latter). Our study reviews the mechanisms and effects of promoting alveolar inflation and recruitment in patients with acute respiratory failure.


Acute Lung Injury Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome Acute Respiratory Failure Positive Pressure Ventilation Adult Respiratory Distress Syndrome 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • L. M. Bigatello
    • 1
  • P. Caironi
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Anaesthesia and Critical CareMassachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical SchoolBoston
  2. 2.Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Milan University, Maggiore HospitalMilanItaly

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