Answer the following questions and check your answers at the end.
A visiting physician insists on a tidal volume of 5 ml/kg at a respiratory rate of 12 BPM for a 65 kg post-op patient with no history of pulmonary problems. The patient's PIP = 14 cm H2O and the plateau = 7 cm H2O when mechanical ventilation is first started post-operatively. The patient is not assisting at the time.
Check your answers.
RC Ed WebMaster