Mechanical ventilation: changing concepts

JOURNAL TITLE: Indian Journal of Critical Care Medicine

Author
1. Laurent Brochard
2. Michel Dojat
3. Pablo Rodriguez
ISSN
0972-5229
DOI
10.4103/0972-5229.19765
Volume
9
Issue
4
Publishing Year
2005
Pages
9
Author Affiliations
    1. Albert Chenevier-Henri Mondor Hospital, Paris 12 University, Crëteil (France)
    1. Service de Réanimation Médicale, Hôpital Henri Mondor; INSERM U615, Université Paris 12, Creteil, France
    1. INSERM/UJF U594, Neuro-Imagerie Fonctionelle et Métabolique, LRC CEA 30V, CHU de Grenoble, France
  • Article keywords
    Acute respiratory failure, Mechanical ventilation, Ventilator modes

    Abstract

    Mechanical ventilation is routinely delivered to patients admitted in intensive care units to reduce work of breathing, improve oxygenation, or correct respiratory acidosis. Although traditional modes of mechanical ventilation achieve many of these goals, they have important limitations. Alternative modes are supposed to handle some of these limitations and are now available on modern ventilators. This article reviews general aspects of functioning and limitations of traditional modes of mechanical ventilation, and the potential interest of some new promising modes.

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