Invasive Mechanical Ventilation

James M. Walter*, Thomas C. Corbridge, Benjamin D. Singer

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Invasive mechanical ventilation is a potentially lifesaving intervention for acutely ill patients. The goal of this review is to provide a concise, clinically focused overview of basic invasive mechanical ventilation for the many clinicians who care for mechanically ventilated patients. Attention is given to how common ventilator modes differ in delivering a mechanical breath, evaluation of respiratory system mechanics, how to approach acute changes in airway pressure, and the diagnosis of auto-positive end-expiratory pressure. Waveform interpretation is emphasized throughout the review.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)746-753
Number of pages8
JournalSouthern Medical Journal
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1 2018


  • mechanical ventilation
  • respiratory mechanics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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