Mechanical ventilation is a potentially life saving intervention however, it is associated with a number of complications. Patient–ventilator asynchrony may pose a risk to the patient. PAV is designed with the aim of improving airflow and synchrony between the patient and the ventilator. Clinical evidence shows that with appropriate use of PAV patient parameters such as work of breathing and respiratory muscle function improve, and it may facilitate earlier liberation from mechanical ventilation.

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Optimizing Patient–Ventilator Interaction: Proportional Assist Ventilation and Patient–Ventilator Synchrony (Part 2 of a 2-Part Series)

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