Category: Critical Care
Posted: 3/12/2013 by Haney Mallemat, MD
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Mechanically ventilated patients can develop a condition in which air becomes trapped within the alveoli at end-expiration; this is called auto-PEEP.
Auto-peep has several adverse effects:
Auto-PEEP classically occurs in intubated patients with asthma or emphysema, but it may also occur in the absence of such disease. The risk of auto-PEEP is increased in patients with:
Auto-PEEP may be treated by:
Patients may need to be heavily sedated to accomplish the above ventilator maneuvers.
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