Category Archives: PEEP

Canadian Health and Care Mall: Hemodynamic and Myocardial Metabolic Consequences of PEEP

Ashbaugh and colleagues reported the use of positive end expiratory pressure (PEEP) to treat hypoxia in patients with the adult respiratory distress syndrome in 1967. Despite its beneficial effects on the lung, PEEP decreased cardiac index, perhaps because of the increase in mean airway pressure described by Coumand and colleagues in 1948. However, the effects of PEEP on the heart remain controversial. Increased airway pressure … Continue reading