Now, you have been introduced to modes of ventilation as well as basic settings. Don’t worry if you are still a little confused by some of these concepts. You’ll get a lot more information in the next few chapters, which will explore each one these settings with a depth of detail.

Please review the following key points from this chapter:

  • How a breath is delivered depends on the mode type. There are two main classifications of ventilator modes: control and spontaneous.
  • Control modes are completely determined by the health care provider on how often and how big a breath the patient gets. Each breath is completely identical.
  • Spontaneous modes are decided by the patient, but supported by some degree (decided by the health care professional) by the ventilator.
  • Certain ventilator settings are associated with the different ventilator modes.
  • There are two settings that are always set on a ventilator regardless of mode: FiO2 and PEEP.

If you would like to go through some of these concepts again in video format, try watching “Basic Vent Modes MADE EASY – Ventilator Settings Reviewed” by ICU Advantage.

If you require a transcript for this video, please click Watch on YouTube to view the video source. Then, you can access the written transcript from this page.


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