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||A device placed in the patient
circuit to collect condensed liquids so that it will not
collect in the circuit to block flow.
||unit of power.
||The process of eliminating
a patient's dependence on assisted ventilation provided
by a mechanical ventilator. It involves strengthening
the patient's respiratory muscles so that they can perform
the work required for breathing.
- Work of Breathing
||The work required to accelerate
gas in the airways, to overcome airway resistance and
to expand the elastic lung tissue so that air can be brought
into the lungs and then exhaled. Routinely, just the work
of inspiration is of interest.
||In a pneumatic system, the
incremental work performed in deforming a pressure vessel
is the product of the pressure difference, DP, across
the vessel times the resulting volume change, dV, i.e.,
dW = DPdV