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Using ventilator waveforms to optimize patient-ventilator interaction

Lian, Jin Xiong BSN, RN, CNS

doi: 10.1097/01.CCN.0000387132.04492.2d

Patient-ventilator dyssynchrony is common, and increases the work of breathing, oxygen consumption, and CO2 production. This article describes how to spot problems early and use graphical information to help keep your patient and the ventilator working together.

Jin Xiong Lian is a clinical nurse specialist in the ICU at Concord Repatriation General Hospital, a principal teaching hospital for the University of Sydney in Australia.

Spot problems early and keep your patient and ventilator in sync by interpreting graphical information.

The author would like to thank Ramon Joel Seastres, MD, and Lakshmeesha Markuli, MD, for their assistance in data collection for this article and patient care described in this article.

© 2010 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.