Exhaled-breath condensate pH can be safely and continuously monitored in mechanically ventilated patients.

BACKGROUND Airway inflammation in acute and chronic respiratory diseases is characterized in part by abnormal pH in airway-lining fluid. The pH of exhaled-breath condensate (EBC) is low (acidic) in various pulmonary inflammatory diseases, including asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cystic fibrosis, pneumonia, and acute respiratory distress… CONTINUE READING