Assessing Respiratory System Mechanical Function

Ruben D. Restrepo, Diana M. Serrato, Rodrigo Adasme

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Abstract

The main goals of assessing respiratory system mechanical function are to evaluate the lung function through a variety of methods and to detect early signs of abnormalities that could affect the patient's outcomes. In ventilated patients, it has become increasingly important to recognize whether respiratory function has improved or deteriorated, whether the ventilator settings match the patient's demand, and whether the selection of ventilator parameters follows a lung-protective strategy. Ventilator graphics, esophageal pressure, intra-abdominal pressure, and electric impedance tomography are some of the best-known monitoring tools to obtain measurements and adequately evaluate the respiratory system mechanical function.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)615-632
Number of pages18
JournalClinics in Chest Medicine
Volume37
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2016

Keywords

  • Esophageal pressure
  • Impedance
  • Lung compliance
  • Lung injury
  • Respiratory mechanics
  • Ventilator graphics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine

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