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Modes of Mechanical Ventilation

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There are approximately 300 names of modes of mechanical ventilation in the world. However, in reality there are not that many modes, these are just names that the manufacturers came up to make their product seem unique. This chapter will help the practitioner recognize what a mode of mechanical ventilation is, what it does, and what to expect from the patient–ventilator interaction.


  • Modes of mechanical ventilation
  • Taxonomy
  • Pressure control and volume control

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Fig. 17.1



Continuous mandatory ventilation


Continuous spontaneous ventilation


Intermittent mandatory ventilation


Pressure control


Positive end expiratory pressure


Respiratory rate


Volume control


Tidal volume


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Mireles-Cabodevila, E., Duggal, A., Chatburn, R.L. (2018). Modes of Mechanical Ventilation. In: Esquinas, A., Pravinkumar, S., SOUBANI, A. (eds) Mechanical Ventilation in Critically Ill Cancer Patients. Springer, Cham.

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