Mechanical ventilation is one of the most commonly applied interventions in intensive care units. Despite its life-saving role, mechanical ventilation is associated with additional risks to the patient and additional healthcare costs if not applied appropriately. To decrease risk, new ventilator modes continue to be developed with the goal of improving patient outcomes. Advances in ventilator modes include dual control modes that enable guaranteed tidal volume and inspiratory pressure, pressurestyle modes that permit spontaneous breathing at high- and low-pressure levels, and closed-loop systems that facilitate ventilator manipulation of variables based on measured respiratory parameters. Clinicians need to develop a thorough understanding of these modes including their effects on underlying respiratory physiology to be able to deliver safe and appropriate patient care.
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Features| April 01 2006
Advanced Modes of Mechanical Ventilation: Implications for Practice
Louise Rose, Adult Ed Cert, BN, ICU Cert, Dip Nurs
From RMIT University, Bundoora, VIC, Australia.
Reprint requests to Louise Rose, Critical Care Course Coordinator, RMIT University; PhD candidate, The University of Melbourne, The Royal Melbourne Hospital, PO Box 71, Bundoora, VIC, Australia, 3083 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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AACN Adv Crit Care (2006) 17 (2): 145–160.
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Louise Rose; Advanced Modes of Mechanical Ventilation: Implications for Practice. AACN Adv Crit Care 1 April 2006; 17 (2): 145–160. doi:
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