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Ventilator Management of 70-Year-Old Man Utilizing an Airway Pressure/Lung Volume Loop*

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Correspondence to: Rolf D. Hubmayr, MD, FCCP, Pulmonary/Critical Care, Mayo Clinic, 200 First Street, SW, Rochester, MN 55905-0001; e-mail: rhubmayr@mayo.edu

From the ACCP-SEEK program, reprinted with permission. Items are selected by Department Editors Richard S. Irwin, MD, FCCP, and John G. Weg, MD, FCCP. For additional information about the ACCP-SEEK program, phone 1-847-498-1400.



Chest. 2001;120(5):1723-1724. doi:10.1378/chest.120.5.1723
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You have been asked to assist in the ventilatory management of a 70-year-old man with ARDS complicating urosepsis. He weighs 70 kg, he is deeply sedated, and he has been paralyzed with a nondepolarizing agent. Figure 1 shows an airway pressure/lung volume loop recorded while the patient was receiving volume preset mechanical ventilation with constant inspiratory flow of 0.6 L/s. Based on Figure 1, which of the following statements is correct?

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