Jess Mandel

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Trouble-shooting the vent

I. Problem/Challenge. There are three general problems that may occur in patients who are mechanically ventilated: 1. Difficulty with oxygenation Continue Reading 2. Difficulty with ventilation 3. Difficulty with elevated peak airway pressures In all three cases, a calm and cooperative patient is essential. Anxiolytics should be used if needed to support the patient and…

Pulmonary Function Tests

Pulmonary Function Tests I. Problem/Condition Indication for Testing Pulmonary function tests (PFTs) are routinely used in the evaluation of symptomatic complaints such as dyspnea or cough, for predictive assessment prior to surgery or other therapeutic interventions, or to determine changes over time related to disease or an intervention. This term encompasses a family of diagnostic…

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