Respiratory mechanics is to manage the patients under artificial ventilation because of respiratory failure. This is a condition outlined by a rapid deterioration in pulmonic gas exchange that may be due either to alterations within the mechanical properties of the respiratory system resulting in ventilation perfusion mismatching or shunt, or to neuromuscular depression causing alveolar hypoventilation.
Measurements of respiratory mechanics allow a clinician to monitor closely the course of pulmonary disease. At the bedside, changes in these mechanics can occur abruptly (and prompt immediate action) or they may reveal slow trends in respiratory condition (and prompt initiation or discontinuation of mechanical ventilation).
Related Journals of Respiratory Mechanics
Journal of Pulmonary & Respiratory Medicine, Journal of Clinical Respiratory: Open Access, European Respiratory Disease, European Respiratory Monograph, European Respiratory Journal, European Respiratory Review, Primary Care Respiratory Journal, Respiratory Care.