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1. (WO2001000265) MEDICAL VENTILATOR AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME

Pub. No.:    WO/2001/000265    International Application No.:    PCT/US2000/018195
Publication Date: Fri Jan 05 00:59:59 CET 2001 International Filing Date: Sat Jul 01 01:59:59 CEST 2000
IPC: A61M 16/00
G06F 19/00
Applicants: UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
Inventors: BANNER, Michael, J.
BLANCH, Paul, Bradford
EULIANO, Neil, Russell
PRINCIPE, Jose, C.
Title: MEDICAL VENTILATOR AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME
Abstract:
Embodiments of the present invention include an apparatus and method of controlling pulmonary ventilation for a ventilator (20) supplying a breathing gas to a patient (P) via a breathing circuit (22) that is in fluid communication with the lungs of the patient (P). The ventilator (20) has a plurality of selectable ventilator setting controls (30) governing the supply of ventilation support from the ventilator (20), each setting control (30) selectable to a level setting. The ventilator (20) preferably receives at least one ventilator setting parameter signal (42), each ventilator setting parameter signal (42) indicative of the level settings of one ventilator setting control (30), monitors a plurality of output signals (51) to determine the sufficiency of the ventilation support received by the patient (P), and controls the level settings of the ventilator setting controls (30) in response to the received ventilator setting parameter signal (42) and the output signals (51). The ventilator (20) preferably utilizes a trainable neural network (82) to determine the desired level settings of the ventilator setting controls (30).