Closed loop mechanical ventilation

J Clin Monit Comput. 2014 Feb;28(1):49-56. doi: 10.1007/s10877-013-9465-2. Epub 2013 Apr 7.


Mechanical ventilation is a sophisticated technique with very narrow therapeutic ranges i.e. highly efficient and able to keep alive the most severe patients, but with considerable side effects and unwanted complications if not properly and timely used. Computerized protocols, closed loop systems, decision support, all terms which need to be defined, may help making mechanical ventilation safer and more efficient. The present paper will provide a short overview on technical and engineering considerations regarding closed loop controlled ventilation as well as tangible clinical evidences supporting the previous statement.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Automation
  • Clinical Alarms
  • Clinical Trials as Topic
  • Computer Graphics
  • Critical Care / methods
  • Decision Support Systems, Clinical
  • Equipment Design
  • Humans
  • Patient Safety
  • Respiration, Artificial / instrumentation*
  • Respiration, Artificial / methods*
  • User-Computer Interface