Interaction Between Spontaneous Breathing and Mechanical Ventilation

The evolution of pathophysiologic knowledge and technology has resulted in a variety of new ventilatory modalities and techniques designed to augment alveolar ventilation, decrease the work ofbreathing, and improve gas exchange. However, new ventilatory support modalities are only likely to result in a significant clinical improvement if the method differs from previous techniques [2-4]. In the absence of large-scale comparative studies, the clinician is often left to decide for himself whether, when, and how to employ these ventilatory modalities to support a patient's inadequate attempts at spontaneous breathing.

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