The design and implementation of a ventilator-management advisor

Artif Intell Med. 1993 Feb;5(1):67-82. doi: 10.1016/0933-3657(93)90006-o.


VentPlan is an implementation of the architecture developed by the qualitative-quantitative (QQ) research group for combining qualitative and quantitative computation in a ventilator-management advisor (VMA). VentPlan calculates recommended settings for four controls of a ventilator by evaluating the predicted effects of alternative ventilator settings. A belief network converts clinical diagnoses to distributions on physiologic parameters. A mathematical-modeling module applies a patient-specific mathematical model of cardiopulmonary physiology to predict the effects of alternative ventilator settings. A decision-theoretic plan evaluator ranks the predicted effects of alternative ventilator settings according to a multiattribute-value model that specifies physician preferences for ventilator treatments. Our architecture allows VentPlan to interpret quantitative observations in light of the clinical context (such as the clinical diagnosis). We report a retrospective study of the ventilator-setting changes encountered in postoperative patients in a surgical intensive-care unit (ICU). We conclude that the QQ architecture allows VentPlan to apply a patient-specific physiologic model to calculate ventilator settings that are optimal with respect to a decision-theoretic value model describing physician preferences for setting the ventilator.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Algorithms
  • Artificial Intelligence*
  • Computer Graphics
  • Decision Theory
  • Humans
  • Intensive Care Units
  • Models, Biological
  • Monitoring, Physiologic / instrumentation
  • Respiration, Artificial / instrumentation*
  • Retrospective Studies
  • User-Computer Interface
  • Ventilators, Mechanical*