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Quick reference for epected ventilator settings

Ideal Body Weight

Stretch this tape out beside your patient. The height is listed with ideal body weight volumes. 6-8ml/kg for male and female

  • Male: 50 kg + 2.3 kg for each inch over 60”
  • Female: 45.5 kg + 2.3 kg for each inch over 60”
  • Pediatric: 8+2(age in years)
  • each person requires a tidal volume of 6mL – 8mL of volume per kilogram of weight.


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Basic Settings

The portion of the tape under the 4ft mark provides references to:

  • Normal I: E ratios based on respirations per minute delivered
  • Initial ventilator settings for a patient, adult, child and infant, in volume controlled ventilation
  • Medications for RSI, Sedation, Pain management and Post induction are listed with doses for rapid reference.
  • The Ramsay scale is a universal measurement of a patient’s sedation level and is utilized to ensure a patient is adequately sedated.
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Since 1993

The Concept

In the critical care transport environment minutes’ count when caring for the acutely injured or ill patient.

A clear majority of these patients are intubated and their oxygenation and ventilation provide by a mechanical ventilator. Critical care clinicians; Nurses, Paramedics, Respiratory therapist and Doctors, are responsible for providing and maintain the patients’ needs through settings on the ventilator based on best practices in medicine.

I created this reference after noticing a trend in over estimating a patient’s height or underestimating a patient’s height, which in turn changes the amount of tidal volume provided to the patient.

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This tape is intended to be used as a reference guide for advanced medical providers. This tape is utilized with the understanding that Reid Rapid References, LLC is not authorizing or advertising you to engage in unsafe practices or render care above your current scope of practice or state and local protocols.  The user is responsible for clinical decision making and the care provided. This guide is a generalization of the current practice and standards for patients under mechanical ventilation without considering underlying medical conditions or causes. The information contained is subject to change with evidenced based medicine and changes of practices. Reid Rapid References makes no warranties or guarantees concerning the information contained herein. Please seek guidance of experienced, competent, providers in the relevant field for questions of care and settings.

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