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Work of breathing assesment

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By Jason Mann No BS pulmonary critical care fellow
Giacomo Bellani, Antonio Pesenti
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Spontaneous breathing has been shown to induce both positive and negative effects on the function and on injury of lungs and diaphragm during critical illness; thus, monitoring of the breathing effort generated by the patient might be valuable for a better understanding of the mechanisms of disease and to set properly ventilation. The purpose of this review is to summarize the recent findings on the different techniques available to measure the patient's breathing effort, mainly during spontaneous assisted ventilation...
June 2014: Current Opinion in Critical Care
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