Many clinicians interpret vent waveforms by pattern recognition, which often falls short in diagnosing the underlying pathology.
For example, “double triggering” has at least three distinct causes. It makes more sense to systematically dissect the different parts of the breath and try to diagnose synchrony issues in this framework.
Published ahead of print this week in Respiratory Care, we present “A Taxonomy for Patient-Ventilator Interactions and a Method to Read Ventilator Waveforms“.
It features two of my mentors who are leaders in the field of mechanical ventilation education and research, Eduardo Mireles-Cabodevila and Rob Chatburn.
Keep an eye out for the formatted version (arrival TBD) which will include the figures, tables, etc in line with the text.
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