Preventing atelectasis

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Preventing atelectasis

Postby curiousgeorge » Mon Dec 07, 2015 1:26 am

The doctors are saying that PEEP and EPAP are needed to prevent atelectasis. Do I need them?

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Re: Preventing atelectasis

Postby bachjr » Mon Dec 07, 2015 1:28 am

It is not absence of PEEP or EPAP that causes atelectasis (collapse of the lung’s air sacks), but rather failure to do regular lung volume recruitment (see Air Stacking) and expulse airway secretions.

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