What is volume-targeted (or volume preset) ventilation for respiratory failure?

Updated: Apr 07, 2020
  • Author: Ata Murat Kaynar, MD; Chief Editor: Michael R Pinsky, MD, CM, Dr(HC), FCCP, FAPS, MCCM  more...
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In volume-targeted (or volume preset) ventilation, tidal volume is the independent variable set by the physician or respiratory therapist, and airway pressure is the dependent variable. In this type of ventilation, airway pressure is a function of the set tidal volume and inspiratory flow rate, the patient’s respiratory mechanics (compliance and resistance), and the patient’s respiratory muscle activity.

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