ventilation, the effects of positive pressure ventilation and classification of mechanical ventilators. Conventional modes of ventilation are compared and contrasted with attention to waveform analysis within these modes. A case study approach is utilized to discuss concepts of initiation of mechanical ventilation, appropriate ventilator management, weaning criteria, determination of appropriateness to wean and clinical application of pharmacotherapy for the mechanically ventilated patient. Non-invasive positive pressure ventilation is also addressed.
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