Respiratory waveform graphics packages are available on many ventilators. Despite the prevalence of the waveforms, accurate interpretation and clinical application are not widespread. In fact, many clinicians find the waveforms confusing and choose to ignore them. This article provides a straightforward description of how to interpret the waveforms and suggests ways that the information might be used to improve clinical outcomes.
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Physiologic Monitoring| May 01 2003
Working With Respiratory Waveforms: How to Use Bedside Graphics
Suzanne M. Burns, RN, MSN, RRT, ACNP, CCRN, FAAN, FCCM
From the University of Virginia Health System, School of Nursing, Charlottesville, Va.
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AACN Adv Crit Care (2003) 14 (2): 133–144.
Suzanne M. Burns; Working With Respiratory Waveforms: How to Use Bedside Graphics. AACN Adv Crit Care 1 May 2003; 14 (2): 133–144. doi:
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