Learn the reasons you would want to place a patient on mechanical ventilation in this short article.
Now that we have established the need for a mechanical ventilator let's discuss which initial mode should be selected.
As we covered in a previous article, the assist-control (AC) mode is the most common primary initial ventilator mode used throughout the world.
Click here to learn about the ventilation mode values to set when placing a patient on a mechanical ventilator.
Learn how to set ventilator settings based on arterial carbon dioxide levels.
Learn how to modify mechanical ventilation settings based on PaO2 for adequate oxygenation in your patients.
Learn how to modify ventilation settings based on PIP and plateau pressures for adequate oxygenation.
Check out this patient case study to learn about the initial settings and modifications for mechanical ventilation.