Critical Care

We Have No Beds: Ventilator Series

We Have No Beds: Ventilator Series Assist Control So now that we have discussed how to read a ventilator screen, let’s discuss our first mode of ventilation… Assist Control (AC) This mode has the ability to completely control the patients ventilatory status. With this mode you set the rate, the means by which tidal volume is

Knowledge Bomb

Knowledge Bomb: LOV-ED Trial

We continue on with the series with Knowledge Bomb #15. The purpose and motivation for this series is outlined in the first entry and extensively in an ALiEM IDEA series blog entry. Background: Annually, 250,000 patients are mechanically ventilated in US Emergency Departments (ED). Of these patients, 20% will develop complications such as Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) or

Critical Care

We Have No Beds: Ventilator Series

We Have No Beds: Ventilator Series Reading a Ventilator Screen Before diving into a specific mode of ventilation, we should address what you see on a ventilator screen first.  What do all these abbreviations mean?… Note: the pictures and order of descriptions reflect the Puritan-Bennett 840 ventilator.  However, most of the information will reflect most