Letters Intraoperative protective mechanical ventilation

Importance of “default” intraoperative ventilator settings

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h5125 (Published 30 September 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h5125
  1. Elizabeth L Whitlock, resident physician, anesthesia and perioperative care1
  1. 1UCSF Medical Center, San Francisco, CA 94143, USA
  1. elizabeth.whitlock{at}ucsf.edu

This article is very useful for anesthesia providers, who are typically responsible for selecting intraoperative ventilator settings—an area that sometimes does not receive the attention it deserves.1 I noticed that women in the cohort were substantially less likely to receive lung protective ventilation. Such a sex imbalance has been found before in studies of acute lung injury ventilation.2 Could this be due to default ventilator settings …

View Full Text

Sign in

Log in through your institution

Free trial

Register for a free trial to thebmj.com to receive unlimited access to all content on thebmj.com for 14 days.
Sign up for a free trial

Subscribe