An essential handbook for evaluating pulmonary function.
Pulmonary ailments constitute the bulk of admissions to Neonatal Intensive Care Units, and assisted mechanical ventilation is the major therapeutic intervention. The introduction of new technologies, such as real-time pulmonary graphic monitoring, is both exciting and intimidating to those unfamiliar with its applications.
This book effectively fills that void. It provides the reader with not only the physiologic background and principles of pulmonary mechanics evaluation, but also graphic representation of the various respiratory waveforms and integrated loops that are derived from breath-to-breath data. The text and its accompanying pocket-sized Bedside Guide (an atlas of clinical examples) provide a state-of-the-art overview of this new technique. The examples which appear in the Bedside Guide have been taken directly from the text and are presented in an abstracted form (with a chapter reference to the text), providing a handy everyday reference for pulmonary waveforms and loops.
Every aspect of pulmonary graphic monitoring is covered in clear, explicit detail, including bioengineering, pulmonary mechanics, clinical applications, even available equipment. Particular emphasis is given to the use of pulmonary graphics in the management of both neonatal and pediatric respiratory disorders.
This book is unique among neonatology and pediatric texts in providing the practical instructions and guidelines necessary for understanding and testing pulmonary mechanics. As such, it should be a valued reference for neonatologists, pediatric pulmonologists, pediatric house officers, nurse practitioners, and respiratory therapists.