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USE OF THE ROCKING BED TO AUGMENT VENTILATION IN PATIENTS WITH POLIOMYELITIS

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As the first step in an attempt to clarify criteria for use of the rocking bed rather than the respirator as an aid to breathing for patients with weakness of respiratory muscle function caused by poliomyelitis, ventilation studies were done on seven patients with pronounced weakness or paralysis of the respiratory muscles. Average tidal air volume was considerably less when the patient was on the rocking bed than when he was in the respirator. Since the tidal air volume with the patient on the rocking bed represents the maximum that can be produced with the apparatus, whereas the volume in the respirator represents the patient's usual tidal air and the respirator is capable of a greater volume if necessary, it is apparent that in cases of complete paralysis of the respiratory muscles the respirator has a large margin of safety, the rocking bed none.

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