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What are optimal ventilator settings for premature babies?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
As needed: Vent settings are those required by the infant at the time by the factors involved. The pressures must be high enough to inflate the lung tissue and cycle often enough to remove co2. Fine tuning is done within the parameters set by the physician at the beside.
Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
Pediatric Pulmonology 36 years experience
Options: There are many options in the ventilation of infants. Among these include non invasive forms of ventilation which are associated with less volume and pressure related damage. If the baby is supported by mechanical ventilation, the settings should be adjusted to avoid baro and volu trauma. The settings are monitored in an ICU setting.

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