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Mechanical ventilation: simplifying the terminology.
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PMID:  9799885     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
There is presently considerable ambiguity and confusion relating to ventilator terminology. This can be eliminated using a simple approach, visualising mechanical ventilation as an inspiratory pump, and defining trigger, limit, and cycling in this context. The trigger is the signal that starts a breath by opening the inspiratory valve, the limit is the factor which controls the way gas flows into the lung, and the cycle is the signal that stops the breath by closing the inspiratory valve and opening the expiratory valve. By identifying these three basic parameters, one can precisely dissect and interpret any of the vast ventilatory terminology.
F Kapadia
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Postgraduate medical journal     Volume:  74     ISSN:  0032-5473     ISO Abbreviation:  Postgrad Med J     Publication Date:  1998 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1998-11-09     Completed Date:  1998-11-09     Revised Date:  2009-11-18    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0234135     Medline TA:  Postgrad Med J     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  330-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
Hinduja National Hospital & Medical Research Center, Veer Savarkar Marg, Mahim Bombay, India.
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MeSH Terms
Intermittent Positive-Pressure Ventilation
Respiration, Artificial* / classification
Terminology as Topic*

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