Finally! Evidence-based Parameters for Simulating Mechanical Ventilation Patients
Until now there have been no evidence-based or even commonly accepted standards for simulating different respiratory patient types. Without standards, “apples to apples” comparisons are not possible for ventilator performance testing. Furthermore, evidence-based patient models are critical for effective and consistent simulation training.
In a recent article in Respiratory Care, Arnal, Garnero, Saoli, and Chatburn propose a set of practical parameters that could become a new standard for educators, researchers, and manufacturers. The study collected data in passively ventilated adult human subjects to develop models for simulating normal, COPD, or ARDS (mild, moderate or severe) patients. Read the article.
With its minutely adjustable resistance and compliance settings, the IngMar Medical ASL 5000™ Breathing Simulator is an excellent tool for simulating patients according the proposed standards. The ASL 5000 Patient Model Library has over 35 preconfigured respiratory patient models that can be easily tweaked to fit your needs, or you can create your own patient models from scratch.