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Driving pressures in Acute respiratory failure

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This podcast comes to you from the 25th Annual Noosa meeting of the ANZICS Clinical Trials Group.

It is now well recognised that mechanical ventilation, while potentially lifesaving, also causes damage to the lung in its own right.  Careful setting of the ventilator is crucial to avoiding lung injury.  While plateau pressure ceilings have been recommended for many years, research attention is now turning towards driving pressure.

Neil Ferguson is the head of critical care at the University Health Network and Mt Sinai  Health Systems in Toronto, and has an extensive research history in critical care ventilation

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