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"Training" a ventilator to adapt to individual patient needs

David Kaczka, MD, PhD, is the principal investigator on a subaward from the U.S. Department of Defense to develop a computational model for transport ventilators the military uses on patients with a variety of lung injuries.

Kaczka hopes his research will produce a model that can direct time-controlled adaptive ventilation (TCAV) settings on a transport ventilator to provide optimal lung support that is tailored to an individual patient’s pathophysiology.

“There’s no set way to ventilate a lung, and what works for one patient may actually cause more damage to another patient,” Kaczka says. “We hope that we can use our computational model to modify a military transport ventilator so that personnel in far-forward locations have, essentially, an ICU-grade ventilator to help their patients.”

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Thursday, January 28, 2021