Know the facts of mechanical ventilation
Jin Xiong Lian RN, CCRN

Men in Nursing
December 2008 
Volume 3  Number 6
Pages 10 - 16
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Mechanical ventilation (MV) is one of the core components of supportive therapy for critically ill patients and is often lifesaving. But its application may lead to numerous types of lung injury, known as ventilator-induced lung injury (VILI). Caring for a patient who needs MV requires sound knowledge of MV and pulmonary physiology. Understanding the basics of MV can make all the difference for your patient.

Basics of mechanical ventilation

A breath cycle is classified into four phases: initiation of inspiration or a switch from expiration to inspiration, inspiration, a switch from inspiration to expiration, and expiration. With MV, the above four phases are controlled by phase variables, which include ...

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