The Science Journal of the American Association for Respiratory Care

1996 OPEN FORUM Abstracts

Assessing Pediatric Mechanical Ventilation - A New Approach

Barbara G. Wilson, MEd, RRT Wednesday, November 6, 1996

Previous methods of assessing pediatric mechanical ventilation using routine "ventilator checks", auscultation and blood gas monitoring have been replaced by a integrated system of advanced cardiorespiratory assessment and non-invasive ventilatory monitoring. Airway graphical analysis, respiratory mechanics measures and new methods of exhaled gas monitoring for neonatal- pediatrics will be presented. Care plan development which integrates physical and technical assessment findings into a respiratory care practitioner directed schema of ventilatory intervention will be emphasized.

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