Basic Invasive Mechanical Ventilation

Benjamin D. Singer, MD; Thomas C. Corbridge, MD


South Med J. 2009;102(12):1238-1245. 

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Invasive mechanical ventilation is a lifesaving intervention for many patients with respiratory failure. Careful attention to ventilator settings and thoughtful adjustments of controllable parameters help to provide competent critical care. The ventilator can also be used as a diagnostic tool. As with all medical interventions mechanical ventilation can be potentially harmful, and it is essential to discontinue mechanical ventilation as soon as safely possible.


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