Patient-Ventilator Dyssynchrony Clinical Significance and Implications for Practice

Mellott, Karen G.; Grap, Mary Jo; Munro, Cindy L.; Sessler, Curtis N.; Wetzel, Paul A.
December 2009
Critical Care Nurse;Dec2009, Vol. 29 Issue 6, p41
Academic Journal
The article explores the clinical significance and importance for practice of patient-ventilator dyssynchrony (PVD). It notes that dyssynchrony becomes an option because mechanical ventilators lack responsiveness that are required for the interaction with patients' conditions. PVD is said to prolong mechanical ventilation and hospital stay that critically ill patients underappreciate. Sedation is considered a method of increasing patients' anxiety and to reduce PVD.


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