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Basics of Mechanical Ventilation


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Hooman Poor
    Pages 1-10
  3. Hooman Poor
    Pages 11-27
  4. Hooman Poor
    Pages 29-38
  5. Hooman Poor
    Pages 39-48
  6. Hooman Poor
    Pages 49-60
  7. Hooman Poor
    Pages 61-73
  8. Hooman Poor
    Pages 75-93
  9. Hooman Poor
    Pages 95-103
  10. Hooman Poor
    Pages 105-114
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 129-132

About this book


This book is a practical and easily understandable guide for mechanical ventilation. With a focus on the basics, this text begins with a detailed account of the mechanisms of spontaneous breathing as a reference point to then describe how a ventilator actually works and how to effectively use it in practice. The text then details: the various modes of ventilation commonly used in clinical practice; patient-ventilator interactions and dyssynchrony; how to approach a patient on the ventilator with respiratory decompensation; the optimal ventilator management for common disease states like acute respiratory distress syndrome and obstructive lung disease; the process of ventilator weaning; and hemodynamic effects of mechanical ventilation. Written for medical students, residents, and practicing physicians in a variety of different specialties (including internal medicine, critical care, surgery and anesthesiology), this book will instruct readers on how to effectively manage a ventilator, as well as explain the underlying interactions between it and the critically ill patient.


Respiratory Medicine Critical Care Medicine Mechanical Ventilation Ventilator Respiratory Failure Lung Disease

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Mount Sinai – National Jewish Health Respiratory InstituteIcahn School of MedicineNew YorkUSA

About the authors

Hooman Poor is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He attends regularly in the medical intensive care unit, teaching medical students, residents, and fellows. Dr. Poor is an acclaimed educator and has received many awards for his teaching. He lives in New York City with his wife and two children.

Bibliographic information


“The book is written for clinicians such as physicians, respiratory technicians, and nurses. … This book presents basic principles of mechanical ventilation essentials for clinicians working in critical care settings in a precise and easy-to-understand way. Illustrations and key points make the material easy to read and remember.” (Muhammad K Hayat Syed, Doody's Book Reviews, February, 2019)​