Tests of six continuous flow CPAP devices

Y. Shehabi, K. M. Hillman, M. Nairn, P. Balnave, T. A. Torda

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Six continuous flow CPAP devices were tested for pressure fluctuation and stability of inhaled oxygen concentration under conditions of simulated respiration. Four of the systems, the Ambu, Auspap, Downs'-Vital Signs and the Drager are commercially available and two, the Prince Henry (PHH) and the Prince of Wales (POW) systems were assembled from Bird respirator parts, which were available in the respective Intensive Care Units. All appeared to be clinically effective. The Ambu offers convenience and economy of gases, the Drager showed the least pressure fluctuations. Three of the four commercial systems lacked certain safety features which could more easily be added to the two non-commercial devices.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)237-243
Number of pages7
JournalAnaesthesia and Intensive Care
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1991
Externally publishedYes

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