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Compliance During Mechanical Ventilation

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Patients on mechanical ventilators who are paralyzed or otherwise unable to make respiratory movements can be assessed for the compliance of their respiratory system. High inspiratory pressures are need to ventilate either patients with airway obstruction or with stiff lungs. Airway obstruction can often be distinguished from stiff lungs by considering the peak and plateau inspiratory pressures, since the plateau pressure tends to reflect lung stiffness.

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