Normal ventilatory function depends on a balance between ventilatory demand and ventilatory capacity. The respiratory muscles play a critical role in achieving this balance. For patients experiencing ventilatory dysfunction, interventions that improve respiratory muscle function and therefore increase ventilatory capacity may be one way of restoring the balance and promoting ventilatory function. Respiratory muscle conditioning, or training the muscles to improve their strength and endurance, may be a useful clinical intervention in the weaning patient. Results of research show that muscle training may increase the ability of some patients to resume spontaneous ventilation. Continued research is needed to identify the appropriate training protocols for patients experiencing an acute imbalance between ventilatory demand and capacity
Weaning from Long-Term Mechanical Ventilation| August 01 1991
Respiratory Muscle Conditioning and the Work of Breathing: A Critical Balance in the Weaning Patient
Maureen E. Shekleton, DNSc, RN
From the College of Nursing, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois.
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AACN Adv Crit Care (1991) 2 (3): 405–414.
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Maureen E. Shekleton; Respiratory Muscle Conditioning and the Work of Breathing: A Critical Balance in the Weaning Patient. AACN Adv Crit Care 1 August 1991; 2 (3): 405–414. doi: https://doi.org/10.4037/15597768-1991-3006
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