FluxMed respiratory mechanics monitors are the only monitors that allow for the calculation of the pressure time product (PTP), for each respiration. The PTP makes it possible to quantify the patient’s effort.
According to ATS and ERS recommendations on the evaluation of the respiratory muscles: the PTP, be it expressed for each respiration or by the minute, is the best tool for measuring the respiratory efforts of ventilated patients (ATS/ERS Statement on Respiratory Muscle Testing, page. 613).
The PTP allows for the calculation of the patient’s effort on the three areas it comprises. One area corresponding to the patient’s resistive effort and two to the elastic one. The elastic effort is divided between the PEEPi-associated effort (intrinsic PEEP or AUTOPEEP) and the effort not associated to PEEPi, that is to say the thoracic-pulmonary elastic effort.