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How can this be best corrected?
An adult patient is on a pressure controlled ventilation mode. Suctioning is needed often. The patient is experiencing repeated bouts of severe coughing, tachypnea, wheezing and is not receiving adequate tidal volumes. 



A. Increasing the diameter of the suction catheter.
B. Changing to a closed system (inline) suction catheter.
C. Increasing the pressure limit.
D. Changing to a volume regulated mode.

This question is part of Respiratory Therapy Quiz
Asked by Jcrubino, Last updated: May 09, 2020

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John Smith

John Smith

Answered Apr 28, 2017

Changing to a volume regulated mode.

The patient should be changed from a pressure-cycled to a volume-cycled ventilator to deliver a consistent tidal volume. Changing airway resistance conditions in the patient will result in a pressure-cycled ventilator delivering inconsistent tidal volumes.
 

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