Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Using the Quasi-Static Pressure/Volume Curve to Identify Optimal PEEP & Recruitability


In previous post I mention evaluating the static P/V curve to set P-High when using Airway Pressure Release Ventilation (aka. APRV, BiLevel, BiVent) and to set optimal PEEP.

Another advantage of analyzing the static P/V curve is to identify if the patients lungs are recruitable. If they are not recruitable, then they will most likely not respond to higher levels of PEEP or placing them on APRV. 

The above video demonstrates the difference between recruitable & Non-recruitable lungs. 

APRV: Setting P-High Based on the Static Pressure Volume Curve

Setting PEEP

The Constant Low Flow Method: Utilizing the PB840 part two

Identifying Optimal PEEP with the PB840 Ventilator: the Constant Low Flow Method

Friday, February 22, 2013

Obtaining Plateau Pressures Revisited

I receive many questions in regards to plateau pressure.

What is a plateau pressure?

What is the difference between Peak & plateau pressures?

How do I measure/obtain a plateau pressure measurement?

Are my peak & plateau pressures always equal when using pressure control ventilation?

How do I get a plateau pressure when using PRVC, AutoFlow, or VC+?

My new video (above) describes obtaining plateau pressure when using VC-CMV, PC-CMV, & APC (a.k.a. PRVC, AutoFlow, VC+). 

A review of Plateau Pressure

A Problem with Plateau Pressure

Why is my Peak & Plateau Pressures the Same? 

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Floating Exhalation Valve

What is a floating exhalation valve?

What is the difference between a traditional exhalation valve and a floating one?

How do I know if my ventilator has a floating exhalation valve?

See my new video for answers. 


Sunday, February 10, 2013

APRV Preview Videos

The above video is an example of the content that is in my new course APRV, BiLevel, BiVent the Utilization of Airway Pressure Release Ventilation.

I posted four additional videos from this course on my YouTube page for review. 

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

APRV, BiLevel, BiVent FREE course

My new course is available FREE for the first 10 participants. 

  1. Go to the "COURSES" tab on top of this page.
  2. Click on the link provided.
  3. Use the following coupon code: xab5-1013-sal1-aprv