Ventilation: Volume vs Pressure Control

The team at Medmastery are providing LITFL readers with a series of FOAMed courses from across their website.

Today we explore the Mechanical Ventilation Essentials course with a video explaining why volume control is the preferred initial type of ventilation Assist control (AC) and synchronized intermittent mandatory ventilation (SIMV) modes


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I received my license to practice in 2003 and I have been teaching, managing, monitoring, and modifying ventilator settings ever since. I live in Southern California and have learned from and worked with some of the best teachers anyone could meet.

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Josh Cosa MA, RRT-ACCS, RRT-NPS, RCP

Respiratory care practitioner, Clinical Education Manager at Philips
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