Jessica

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The core business of critical care is mechanical ventilation. This page gives you an overview of the various articles I've written on the subject. So consider this a work in progress. The end goal? This should…

This article covers triggering, cycling and basic ventilator modes and settings.

Consider a patient's respiratory rate of, for instance, 20 breaths per minute. One breath consists of an inhalation and exhalation. The ratio of inspiration to expiration is typically 1:2. This means that for 20 breaths per minute (i.e. 60…

An important parameter to guide safe mechanical ventilation is driving pressure. In this article, we learn how to calculate driving pressure, its origin, and most importantly, how to use it in clinical practice.

Driving pressure (DP or ΔP) is calculated by taking the difference between the pressure at end inspiration…

Patient Self Inflicted Lung Injury (PSILI) is a relatively new concept within mechanical ventilation. It implies that a patient can cause harm to their own lungs, creating barotrauma due to excessive transpulmonary pressure as a result of increased patient respiratory effort.

In Pressure Support mechanical ventilation it's not always easy…

Dyssynchronies between inspiratory attempts of the patient and the inspiration by the ventilator could cause ventilator-induced lung injury (VILI). It is therefore important to recognize these dyssynchronies and act accordingly. On this page, you’ll find a quick overview of common dyssynchronies and how to treat them.

Jessica

I'm an intensivist and clinical pharmacologist, spreading the love for and knowledge of acute and critical care medicine on YouTube https://crit-ic.com/

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