The Science Journal of the American Association for Respiratory Care

2000 OPEN FORUM Abstracts

The Respiratory Therapist's Perspective: Matching the Ventilator to the Patient

Angela King, BS, RRT, RPFT, CPHQ Cement City, Michigan

Within the past year, several new ventilators have been introduced for homecare use. With the new ventilators, a wide variety of waveforms, modes of ventilation, and ventilator features are available. The presentation will highlight the use of different ventilator features and modes (e.g., Pressure Support, Rise time, Flow termination, etc...) to accommodate different vent user needs and will explain these features in "plain language" for the layperson. The presentation will not be geared towards a specific make/model of ventilator. Practical suggestions for using specific ventilator features to match the machine to the vent user will be emphasized.

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