Short Tilte:Protocol for ventilator management in high tetraplegia
Journal:Topics in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation
Year, Volume, Issue, Page(s):97, 2, 3, 101-106
Article about the use of mechanical respirators to deliver respiratory assistance via a tracheostomy to persons with high tetraplegia. It focuses on the efficacy of high-volume respiration for clearing atelectasis and on speeding the ventilator weaning process. The authors present and discuss a theoretical rationale for the Rocky Mountain Regional Spinal Injury system for ventilator-dependent patients with tetraplegia, in which the tidal volume of the ventilator is increased by 100 cc and the ventilator flow rate is increased by 10 L/mm at periodic intervals.