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Preventing atelectasis

Posted: Mon Dec 07, 2015 1:26 am
by curiousgeorge
The doctors are saying that PEEP and EPAP are needed to prevent atelectasis. Do I need them?

(Asked by a patient)

Re: Preventing atelectasis

Posted: Mon Dec 07, 2015 1:28 am
by bachjr
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.

JB