Mechanical Ventilation

ISBN : 9780199773947

John W. Kreit
192 Pages
140 x 203 mm
Pub date
Mar 2013
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Since most critically ill patients require mechanical ventilation, it is by far the most common form of life-sustaining therapy. As technology has evolved, clinicians have been presented with an increasing number of ventilator options as well as an ever-expanding and confusing list of terms, abbreviations, and acronyms. Unfortunately, this has made it extremely difficult for clinicians at all levels of training to truly understand mechanical ventilation and to optimally manage patients with respiratory failure. Mechanical Ventilation was written to address these problems. This handbook provides students, residents, fellows, and practicing physicians with a clear explanation of essential physiology, terms and acronyms, and ventilator modes and breath types. It describes how mechanical ventilators work and explains clearly and concisely how to write ventilator orders, how to manage patients with many different causes of respiratory failure, how to "wean" patients from the ventilator, and much more. Mechanical Ventilation is meant to be carried and used at the bedside and to allow everyone who cares for critically ill patients to master this essential therapy.


Chapter 1: Essential Pulmonary Physiology
Chapter 2: Respiratory Failure and the Indications for Mechanical Ventilation
Chapter 3: Instrumentation and Terminology
Chapter 4: Ventilator Modes and Breath Types
Chapter 5: How to Write Ventilator Orders
Chapter 6: The Bedside Assessment of Lung Function
Chapter 7: Dynamic Hyperinflation and Intrinsic PEEP
Chapter 8: Patient-Ventilator Interactions and Asynchrony
Chapter 9: Ventilator Alarms - Causes and Evaluation
Chapter 10: Mechanical Ventilation and the Cardiovascular System
Chapter 11: Mechanical Ventilation and Specific Disorders
Chapter 12: Weaning from Mechanical Ventilation
Chapter 13: Non-invasive Mechanical Ventilation
Chapter 14: Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation

About the author: 

Dr. Kreit is Professor of Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. For many years, he has directed both the fellowship training program in pulmonary and critical care medicine and the pulmonary physiology and pathophysiology course in the school of medicine. Dr. Kreit has won numerous teaching awards from students, residents, and fellows. Pennsylvania

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