Intrinsic PEEP: a cause of inspiratory muscle ineffectivity

R. Fernández, S. Benito, Ll Blanch, A. Net

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Intrinsic PEEP has been described as an inspiratory threshold load to the inspiratory muscles that could increase the work of breathing. We report a patient who presented ineffective inspiratory efforts to trigger the ventilator; when we applied PEEP in similar amounts of measured intrinsic PEEP, his inspiratory efforts became able to trigger the ventilator, suggesting that the inspiratory load was alleviated. © 1988 Springer-Verlag.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51-52
JournalIntensive Care Medicine
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 1988


  • Inspiratory load
  • Inspiratory muscles
  • Intrinsic PEEP
  • Mechanical ventilation


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