This book discusses the interpretation of mechanical ventilator waveforms. Each page shows a screenshot from a real patient and explains one or two messages. It starts with basic information about the waveforms and goes on to address passive and spontaneous ventilation, non-invasive ventilation and specific measurements such as pressure-volume curves and esophageal pressure. Step by step, readers learn about advanced monitoring of patient-ventilator synchronisation. This unique teaching approach has been adapted to this topic.
Covering the entire field of mechanical ventilation, it is of particular interest to physicians and respiratory therapist working in emergency departments, anesthesiology, intensive care and respiratory units.
“This pocket-sized book describes how to evaluate the interaction of a patient with a ventilator, using physiological tracings generated by the machine. … Practitioners using mechanical ventilation with all degrees of sophistication may benefit from this book from senior respiratory therapists. … This is a unique and important contribution. The concise presentation takes readers from the basics to recognition of important clinical problems.” (David J. Dries, Doody’s Book Reviews, May, 2018)
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