Measuring rebreathing in spontaneous ventilation A new lung model Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • The performance of breathing systems is tested by means of physical lung models. We describe a new lung model, allowing direct measurement of the dead space/tidal volume ratios produced by any breathing system at different fresh gas flows. The model allows a range of different patterns of spontaneous respiration to be studied. Although rebreathing is measured by capnography, the design ensures that the results are unaffected by changes in carbon dioxide inflow, or even calibration drift in the capnograph.

publication date

  • March 1996