The assessment of pulmonary function, from a clinical perspective, can be performed accurately only if the clinician understands the concept ventilation/perfusion ratios of the lung. The major categories of ventilation/perfusion ratios are intrapulmonary shunting and physiologic deadspace. Virtually all pulmonary assessments and interventions arc aimed to address Qs/Qt or Vd/Vt. This chapter provides background information useful to the clinician in the assessment of intrapulmonary shunting and deadspace analysis. From this information, more thorough assessments of pulmonary function are possible
Physiologic Monitoring| February 01 1993
Respiratory Monitoring in Critical Care
AACN Adv Crit Care (1993) 4 (1): 56–65.
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Tom Ahrens; Respiratory Monitoring in Critical Care. AACN Adv Crit Care 1 February 1993; 4 (1): 56–65. doi: https://doi.org/10.4037/15597768-1993-1006
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