Physiologic Effects of Raised Airway Pressure

  • J. B. Downs
Part of the Developments in Critical Care Medicine and Anesthesiology book series (DCCA, volume 25)


Clinicians frequently adopt an empirical approach to the respiratory care of patients with pulmonary failure. As a result, only the symptomatology is treated, whieh often fails to restore normal pulmonary function. Now, more than at any other time in the past, it is possible to direct care towards specific pulmonary derangements and accurately evaluate the effects of therapy. The following pages will emphasize a goal-oriented approach to the treatment of patients requiring respiratory support, through appropriate adjustment of mechanical ventilation, inspired oxygen and airway pressure. Because therapeutic interventions may have variable physiologic consequences and rational application of therapies requires an understanding of such effects, applied cardiopulmonary physiology also will be reviewed.


Mechanical Ventilation Airway Pressure Spontaneous Ventilation Mechanical Ventilatory Support Flail Chest 
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