mechanical ventilation


: artificial respiration using a mechanical ventilator to support the delivery of oxygen to the lungs when breathing has ceased, is failing, or is inadequate

Examples of mechanical ventilation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web However, with the advent of the polio vaccine, and the invention of newer forms of mechanical ventilation, the iron lung gradually became obsolete. Stephen C. George, Discover Magazine, 10 Aug. 2023 Some require oxygen and IV fluids, and even mechanical ventilation. Byerin Prater, Fortune Well, 8 Aug. 2023 Indoor air quality can spike in response to outdoor contaminants, which infiltrate buildings in myriad ways, from mechanical ventilation systems to various nooks and crannies. Eleanor Cummins, The New Republic, 19 June 2023 The study looked at patients who were severely ill with pneumonia and required mechanical ventilation, Singer said. Nate Trela, USA TODAY, 25 May 2023 People who have stayed the night in a healthcare facility outside the U.S. in last year Patients who require a higher level of care such as mechanical ventilation Anyone in a facility where there is suspicion of ongoing transmission Should the General Population be Concerned? Nick Blackmer, Verywell Health, 30 Mar. 2023 The researchers also ruled out mechanical ventilation as a source. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 7 Mar. 2023 Antitoxin hero Botulism treatment can involve mechanical ventilation in the case of respiratory failure, as well as doses of an antitoxin called heptavalent botulinum antitoxin (HBAT), which is made from horses. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 16 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1954, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of mechanical ventilation was in 1954

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“Mechanical ventilation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

Medical Definition

mechanical ventilation

: artificial respiration of the lungs using a mechanical ventilator to support the delivery of oxygen to the lungs when breathing has ceased, is failing, or is inadequate
the patient was sufficiently obtunded to require intubation and mechanical ventilationSusan M. Pond et al.
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