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Highly Accessed Open Badges Letter

Comments on the use of expiratory time constant for determinations of plateau pressure, respiratory system compliance, and total resistance

Paolo Barbini

Author Affiliations

Department of Medical Biotechnology, University of Siena, Viale Bracci, 53100 Siena, Italy

Critical Care 2013, 17:421  doi:10.1186/cc12561

See related research by Al-Rawas et al., and related letter by Becher et al.,

Published: 27 March 2013

First paragraph (this article has no abstract)

In the previous issue of Critical Care, Al-Rawas and colleagues [1] presented a method for assessing elastic and resistive properties of the respiratory system in patients with respiratory failure. The method assumes a first-order resistance-compliance (RC) model of breathing mechanics.