Applications of a noninvasive respiratory volume monitor for critical care medicine

Respir Care. 2015 May;60(5):e97-100. doi: 10.4187/respcare.03744. Epub 2015 Jan 27.


Respiratory volume monitoring (RVM) has been developed to noninvasively measure minute ventilation (V̇E), tidal volume, and breathing frequency and to display real-time respiratory curves in nonintubated patients. Although RVM was originally developed for post-anesthesia and monitored anesthesia care, we describe 3 applications for this monitor in an otherwise austere setting at a missionary hospital in Kijabe, Kenya. Applications of RVM can be utilized in any ICU in a developing or developed country.

Keywords: critical care medicine; minute ventilation; respiratory physiology; respiratory volume monitoring.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Critical Care / methods*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Kenya
  • Lung Volume Measurements / instrumentation*
  • Lung Volume Measurements / methods
  • Male
  • Monitoring, Physiologic / instrumentation*
  • Monitoring, Physiologic / methods
  • Noninvasive Ventilation*
  • Point-of-Care Systems*
  • Respiration
  • Young Adult