Airway pressure release ventilation: an alternative mode of mechanical ventilation in acute respiratory distress syndrome

Ariel Modrykamien, Robert L Chatburn, Rendell W Ashton
Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine 2011, 78 (2): 101-10
Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) results in collapse of alveoli and therefore poor oxygenation. In this article, we review airway pressure release ventilation (APRV), a mode of mechanical ventilation that may be useful when, owing to ARDS, areas of the lungs are collapsed and need to be reinflated ("recruited"), avoiding cyclic alveolar collapse and reopening.

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