You are performing a ventilator check on an ICU patient with a blunt chest trauma. The ventilator is

You are performing a ventilator check on an ICU patient with
a blunt chest trauma. The ventilator is set to deliver volume control SIMV. The
physician wants the minimum mean airway pressure for the given level of
ventilation to preserve the patient’s already low cardiac output. She asks you
to make sure the night shift therapist removed the inspiratory hold. Determine
from the ventilator settings alone whether there is an inspiratory hold, and if
so, make the appropriate changes to eliminate it.

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Ventilator settings are:

Tidal volume: 500 ml = 0.5 L

Inspiratory flow: 60 L/min = 1 L/sec

Inspiratory time: 0.8 second

 Frequency: 10 breaths per minute

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