Comments on the use of expiratory time constant for determinations of plateau pressure, respiratory system compliance, and total resistance
Department of Medical Biotechnology, University of Siena, Viale Bracci, 53100 Siena, Italy
Critical Care 2013, 17:421 doi:10.1186/cc12561
See related research by Al-Rawas et al., http://ccforum.com/content/17/1/R23 and related letter by Becher et al., http://ccforum.com/content/17/2/424Published: 27 March 2013
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In the previous issue of Critical Care, Al-Rawas and colleagues  presented a method for assessing elastic and resistive properties of the respiratory system in patients with respiratory failure. The method assumes a first-order resistance-compliance (RC) model of breathing mechanics.