Spontaneous Breathing Trials: Should We Use Automatic Tube Compensation?

Tanios, Maged A.; Epstein, Scott K.
May 2010
Respiratory Care;May2010, Vol. 55 Issue 5, p640
Academic Journal
The article presents the authors' comments on the use of spontaneous breathing trial (SBT) in patients suffering from acute respiratory failure. According to the authors, an ideal SBT would accurately mimic the work of breathing (WOB) done without ventilatory support and without the use of endotracheal tube (ETT). The authors say that automatic tube compensation (ATC) provides dynamic support for each spontaneous breath, and delivers the exact pressure needed to overcome the ETT resistance.


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