Figure 3.

Inspiratory effort during simulated unassisted spontaneous breathing (P = 0 cm H2O) is plotted versus the resistive loss coefficient, with compliance held constant at 0.05 L/cm H2O, for medical air, and two helium/oxygen mixture (78/22 or 65/35) at a) a respiratory rate (RR) of 15 breaths/min, and a tidal volume (Vt) of 500 mL, b) a respiratory rate (RR) of 20 breaths/min, and a tidal volume (Vt) of 600 mL, and c) a respiratory rate (RR) of 25 breaths/min, and a tidal volume (Vt) of 700 mL. For medical air, data is also shown for positive pressure support of 10 or 15 cm H2O, supplied with a positive end-expiratory pressure of 5 cm H2O. Error bars represent standard deviations around mean values.

Martin et al. BMC Pulmonary Medicine 2012 12:62   doi:10.1186/1471-2466-12-62
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