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Letters Intraoperative protective mechanical ventilation

Importance of “default” intraoperative ventilator settings

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (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}

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 …

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