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
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Physiologic Monitoring| February 01 1993
Respiratory Monitoring in Critical Care
AACN Adv Crit Care (1993) 4 (1): 56–65.
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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