Our latest Journal Club presentation looks at expiratory flow limitation (EFL) and the use of abdominal compression as a means of assessment.
We briefly cover the causes and detrimental effects of EFL, as well as techniques for assessing it, before presenting the key findings of a French study from 2012. The authors of that study concluded that manual compression of the abdomen is a simple, safe, and reliable maneuver for detecting and quantifying EFL during mechanical ventilation. Click on the image to watch the video.
Lemyze M, Favory R, Alves I, Perez T, Mathieu D. Manual compression of the abdomen to assess expiratory flow limitation during mechanical ventilation. J Crit Care. 2012 Feb;27(1):37-44. doi: 10.1016/j.jcrc.2011.05.011. Epub 2011 Jul 27. PMID: 21798707.
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