An overview of positive pressure ventilation

Elena Vassilev, Maureen McMichael

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Objective: The purpose of this article is to give the reader a brief overview of the indications for positive pressure ventilation (PPV). Data sources: Current human and veterinary literature. Summary: There are numerous indications for PPV in veterinary medicine. These include both pulmonary parenchymal disease and diseases that affect ventilation. When choosing PPV, a clinician must have a comprehensive understanding of the different ventilation mode options available and the physiologic effects of ventilation on the patient. Conclusions: PPV is becoming more widely used in veterinary medicine and is improving the survival of animals with hypoxemic and hypercapnic respiratory failure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)15-21
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Hypercapnia
  • Hypoxemia
  • Mechanical ventilation
  • PEEP (positive end-expiratory pressure)
  • Pressure control
  • Respiratory failure
  • Volume control

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Veterinary


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