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.
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.