oa Southern African Journal of Anaesthesia and Analgesia - "What knob is this?" - Intensive care unit ventilation for the non-intensivist : SASA refresher course text
|Article Title||"What knob is this?" - Intensive care unit ventilation for the non-intensivist : SASA refresher course text|
|© Publisher:||Medpharm Publications|
|Journal||Southern African Journal of Anaesthesia and Analgesia|
|Affiliations||1 University of KwaZulu-Natal|
|Publication Date||Jan 2015|
|Pages||48 - 51|
|Keyword(s)||Lung protection, Mechanical ventilation, Ventilator synchrony and Ventilator weaning|
Indications for intensive care unit (ICU) mechanical ventilation differ from those for intraoperative mechanical ventilation. Always, the fundamental goal is the provision of life-sustaining oxygen saturation, with the avoidance of ventilator-induced trauma. Once past the initial stabilisation phase, a high priority must be placed on liberating the patient from mechanical ventilation. Encouraging patient-ventilator synchrony may accelerate this. Modern ICU ventilators have a number of modes and tools which may be useful in facilitating both initial mechanical ventilation optimisation and accelerate subsequent weaning, and these are generically reviewed within a discussion of the general conduct of ICU ventilation.
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