Learning how to use a mechanical ventilator can be very challenging and frightening for most residents and other health care students. Many books and articles have been published on this subject, but they often leave the reader confused because they are generally written for pulmonary/critical care specialists. However, most patients will need the same basic respiratory support and will have similar complications. In this book we provide background information and outline strategies for use of mechanical ventilation to make this advanced patient support easy to understand and apply. Use this handbook to learn the basics about mechanical ventilators and to enhance your ICU experience.