Conventional Mechanical Ventilation (CMV)
Conventional mechanical ventilation (CMV) provides breathing support for infants and children who are too ill or immature to breathe on their own.
At Children's Health℠, we follow a patient-centered model of treatment. By putting the patient first, we bring together all the hospital's resources to meet a child's needs. Critical care physicians work with nurses, respiratory care therapists and others to ensure the best and most innovative treatment is available for each child at a moment's notice.
Patients served by CMV
Premature infants with certain lung complications often need conventional mechanical ventilation to survive. Other patients who may benefit from CMV include children with the following conditions:
- Respiratory distress syndrome
- Lower airway obstructions such as asthma
- Upper airway obstructions from diseases including croup and epiglottitis
- Neuromuscular weakness from diseases including Guillain–Barré syndrome and botulism
- Traumatic brain injury
Conventional mechanical ventilation
CMV relies on a bedside machine called a mechanical ventilator. The ventilator supplies oxygen and removes carbon dioxide through a breathing tube placed in the child's windpipe. Physicians and other caregivers can adjust the machine as needed, depending on the child's condition.
Mechanical ventilators mimic normal breathing by pushing a measured amount of gas into a child's lungs at a certain rate. New ventilators can "sense" when a patient is about to take a breath and adjust to the child's natural breathing patterns. In this way, CMV supports, rather than replaces, the patient's breathing.
To provide support for patients with acute life-threatening conditions, Children's has 83 intensive care beds. Children's Pediatric ICU also conducts leading-edge research and brings new therapies to patients — often years before they are available at other institutions. Our critical care physicians deliver a full range of intensive care services for infants and children.