Plateau pressure

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Plateau pressure (PPLAT) is the pressure applied to small airways and alveoli during positive-pressure mechanical ventilation.[1] It is measured during an inspiratory pause on the mechanical ventilator.[2] In ARDS maintain plateau pressure <30cm of water measured on ventilator.


  1. ^ Morgan, Edward G., Maged Mikhail and Michael Murry. Clinical Anesthesiology, Fourth edition, 2006. McGraw Hill, Philadelphia. Pg. 82
  2. ^ Moon, Richard and Enrico Camporesi “Respiratory Monitoring”. Miller’s Anesthesia, Sixth edition, Ronald Miller (Ed), 2005, Elsevier, New York. Pg.1466.