Work of breathing

  • J. Milic-Emili
  • E. Rocca
  • E. D’Angelo
Part of the Topics in Anaesthesia and Critical Care book series (TIACC)


Breathing is a form of muscular exercise. The work of breathing may be assessed by two different, but complementary, approaches: a) by measuring the mechanical work done by the respiratory muscles (or by a ventilator substituting for them); b) by estimating the total energy cost of breathing by measurement of the oxygen consumption of the respiratory muscles. The ratio of mechanical work to energy cost yields mechanical efficiency.


Respiratory System Respiratory Muscle Adult Respiratory Distress Syndrome Inspiratory Work Inspiratory Flow Pattern 
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  • E. Rocca
  • E. D’Angelo

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