Letters Intraoperative protective mechanical ventilation

Authors’ reply to Whitlock and Saied and colleagues

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h5143 (Published 30 September 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h5143
  1. Karim Ladha, research fellow1,
  2. Tobias Kurth, research director2,
  3. Matthias Eikermann, associate professor of anesthesia and critical care medicine1
  1. 1Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care, Pain Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA 02114, USA
  2. 2INSERM Research Center for Epidemiology and Biostatistics (U897)-Team Neuroepidemiology, Bordeaux, France
  1. meikermann{at}partners.org

Whitlock raises the important problem of default ventilator settings.1 2 Sex imbalances in the use of intraoperative protective ventilation have been described previously.3 Default settings on the ventilator probably play a large part in this discrepancy, as does the difference in the calculation of ideal body weight, which is based on sex. The default settings on the ventilators at our institution are almost identical to …

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