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PERFORMANCE COMPARISON OF 15 TRANSPORT VENTILATORS

a major issue in transport within and between hospitals. As a result, we cannot comment on their performance during spontaneous triggering. Also, we evaluated only one ven- tilator from each company, and we cannot be sure that the single ventilator we tested reflects the operation of all ventilators of that model.

Conclusions

Only 2 of the transport ventilators evaluated met the trial targets in all bench and animal settings. With some ventila- tors the settings were inaccurate. The physical characteristics and high gas consumption of some of these ventilators may render them less desirable for patient transport.

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