Respiratory work (WoB, from the acronym: Work of Breathing) of a patient breathing spontaneously, is measured as the area of the esophageal pressure volume loop.
Using the Campbell Diagram it is possible to decompose the patient’s respiratory work in the different areas that compose it. Inspiratory resistive, expiratory resistive, elastic, elastic associated with autoPEEP, negative elastic and active expiratory.
The FluxMed monitor performs the calculation of respiratory work and graphs the Campbell Diagram, in real time, breath-by-breath. Allowing the observation of the actual work immediately.