Proportional assist ventilation (PAV): a significant advance or a futile struggle between logic and practice?

Thorax. 2002 Mar;57(3):272-6. doi: 10.1136/thorax.57.3.272.


Proportional assist ventilation is a promising addition to other more conventional modes of mechanical ventilation with the theoretical advantage of improving patient-ventilator interaction. It may also be of use as a diagnostic tool in the control of breathing in mechanically ventilated patients.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Barotrauma
  • Chronic Disease
  • Humans
  • Positive-Pressure Respiration / methods
  • Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive / therapy*
  • Respiration, Artificial / methods*
  • Respiratory Insufficiency / therapy*