Analysis of resistance to gas flow in nine adult ventilator circuits.


We measured the resistance in nine complete ventilator circuits, partial circuits and 7, 8, and 9 mm ID endotracheal tubes at flow rates of 20 to 120 liters per minute. We found a statistically significant (p less than 0.01) increase in resistive pressure with increases in flow rate, as the diameter of the ETT decreased, and as each component of the… (More)


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