Measurement of minute ventilation in ventilator-dependent patients: need for standardization.

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OBJECTIVES a) To determine the variation in methods used to measure minute ventilation (VE) in patients who receive mechanical ventilation; b) to determine the effect of supplemental oxygen on VE, respiratory rate (RR), and tidal volume (VT) measurements. DESIGN Telephone survey of hospitals, and a randomized control trial. SETTING Medical and surgical… (More)

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