The Pressure for Ventilators

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The Pressure for Ventilators

In addition to the pressure to get more ventilators, pressure is an integral part of a ventilator’s operation. Breathing involves inspiratory (inhaling) pressure and expiratory (exhaling) pressure and a ventilator has to take the user’s values into account. Peak Inspiratory Pressure or PIP is the maximum pressure inside the lungs during each inhaled breath and the normal range is 25-30 cm H2O. Positive End Expiratory Pressure or PEEP is the amount of pressure left inside the lungs at the end of a breath to keep the alveoli, tiny air sacs of the lungs, open. The normal range is 3-5 cm H2O.

The pressure inside a patient’s lungs depends on the compliance of their lungs. While the suggested range of pressures during ventilation is 20-35 cm H2O with an absolute maximum of 40 cm H2O, someone with damaged lungs may need a higher pressure.

 

Airway pressure and flow waveforms during constant flow volume control ventilation show PEEP and PIP

Airway pressure and flow waveforms during constant flow volume control ventilation show PEEP and PIP.
Source: http://rc.rcjournal.com/content/59/11/1773/tab-figures-data

With pressures below 50 cm H2O (19.7 in H2O or 4,903 Pa) for dynamic measurements, a pressure sensor designed specifically for these low pressures, such as All Sensors’ DLC, DLLR, and others, provide the required accuracy.

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Pressure and Sneezing

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Pressure and Sneezing

Don’t cover a cough or sneeze with your hand — cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve. It just makes sense, since the hand will be used to touch something including another person’s hand and spread any germs in the cough or sneeze unless the hands are washed immediately.

According to one author, “a sneeze is an expulsion of air from the lungs through the nose and mouth.” Without any covering at all, a sneeze can project droplets at a speed of up to 100 miles per hour for a distance of as much as 26 feet (8 meters) due to the pressure in the windpipe. While the sneeze only last for as long as 150 milliseconds, the droplets can stay suspended in the air for up to 10 minutes.

In either case, covered or uncovered,  the pressure developed during the sneeze can be around 1 psi (51.7 mmHg) in the windpipe. Another author measured the pressure developed in the mouth/pharynx during a sneeze as about 135 mmHg (2.6 psi) reached in about 0.1s. In contrast, a person exhaling hard during strenuous activity has a windpipe pressure of about 0.03 psi (1.55 mmHg). If you try to hold the sneeze back, the pressure inside the respiratory system can increase to a level of about 5 to 24 times the sneeze pressure. In rare instances, this pressure level can have detrimental side effects including:

  • Ruptured eardrum
  • Middle ear infection
  • Damaged blood vessels in the eyes, nose, or eardrums
  • Diaphragm injury
  • Aneurysm
  • Throat damage
  • Broken ribs

WikiHow Stop a Sneeze

Image source: https://www.wikihow.com/Stop-a-Sneeze

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