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Split Ventilation Craziness

Hopefully you wont get to this uncharted territory. If you do, you likely will not be and should not be alone. The concept of Splitting ventilation has been around form sometime mostly as a theoretical possibility. A team of enterprising researchers from Yale University published a study of a device they call a Vent Multiplexor which allows the use of a single ventilator to ventilate two patients with different parameters – thus overcoming the theoretical deal breaker inherrent with Split Ventilation.

This is exciting, but very new, and very controversial. Many societies wrote position papers on this topic prior to the release of this paper. That may change ….

If you are contemplating this mode of ventilation, Please Google the topic for recent news and reach out to intensivist in other settings to profit from the group experience.