Term: Mechanical Ventilation

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Glossary Definition

Last Updated: 2012-04-20

Definition:

A method to mechanically assist or replace spontaneous breathing with a machine designed to move breathable air into and out of the lungs.

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  • Garland A, Fransoo R, Olafson K, Ramsey C, Yogendran M, Chateau D, McGowan K. The Epidemiology and Outcomes of Critical Illness in Manitoba. Winnipeg, MB: Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, 2012. [Summary] [Full Report] (View)