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Respir Care. 2001 Jun;46(6):604-21.

A new system for understanding modes of mechanical ventilation.

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  • 1Respiratory Care Department, University Hospitals of Cleveland, 11100 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106, USA. robert.chatburn@uhhs.com.


Numerous ventilation modes and ventilation options have become available as new mechanical ventilators have reached the market. Ventilator manufacturers have no standardized terminology for ventilator modes and ventilation options, and ventilator operator's manuals do not help the clinician compare the modes of ventilators from different manufacturers. This article proposes a standardized system for classifying ventilation modes, based on general engineering principles and a small set of explicit definitions. Though there may be resistance by ventilator manufacturers to a standardized system of ventilation terminology, clinicians and health care equipment purchasers should adopt such a system in the interest of clear communication--the lack of which prevents clinicians from fully understanding the therapies they administer and could compromise the quality of patient care.

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