Home > Journals > Minerva Anestesiologica > Past Issues > Minerva Anestesiologica 2001 April;67(4) > Minerva Anestesiologica 2001 April;67(4):210-4

CURRENT ISSUE
 

JOURNAL TOOLS

eTOC
To subscribe
Submit an article
Recommend to your librarian
 

ARTICLE TOOLS

Reprints

 

ACUTE RESPIRATORY FAILURE  SMART 2001 Freefree

Minerva Anestesiologica 2001 April;67(4):210-4

Copyright © 2009 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

The mechanical ventilator: a potentially dangerous tool

Kolobow T.

From the Pulmonary-Critical Care Medicine Branch National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, USA


Full text temporarily not available online. Contact us


Mechanical ventilation is an important therapeutic technique for patients with respiratory failure. Nonetheless, it can be potentially dangerous ,worsening by itself pre-existing lesions and producing new ones. The author carefully reviews the results of a number of long term studies in large animals, which highlight the factors causing ventilator-induced lung injury.When the pathology is not manageable with non invasive approach, invasive mechanical ventilation should be tailored to the patient to avoid iatrogenic damage.

top of page