Is there a problem on the expiratory flow curve?

Last update: Tuesday, 07 Jan 2020 at 00:45

A 76-yeard-old man with acute respiratory failure was mechanically ventilated on volume controlled ventilation (VCV). The respiratory therapist noted the following curves and parameters on the ventilator display.

Source: Marcelo A Holanda
ICU Monte Klinikum Hospital Fortaleza, Brazil

1.What type of problem was present in the curves?

a) Air leaks

b) Auto-peep

c) Air trapping

d) Flow asynchrony

2.What was the most probable the cause?

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