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A Viscoelastic Model of the Neonatal Respiratory System to Assess the Efficacy of CPAP Devices

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Prasika I. Reddy, Ahmed M. Al-Jumaily

Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand

Geoff T. Bold

Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Ltd., Auckland, New Zealand

Paper No. IMECE2008-66212, pp. 591-595; 5 pages
  • ASME 2008 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 2: Biomedical and Biotechnology Engineering
  • Boston, Massachusetts, USA, October 31–November 6, 2008
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4863-0 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3840-2
  • Copyright © 2008 by ASME


The objectives of this research were to; develop a validated mathematical model of the premature neonatal lung. A description of the multi-compartmental, branched airway model of the neonatal lung is presented and shown to compare well with existing in-vivo data from the literature. The model described will be used in engineering practice to assess the design of conventional and emerging forms of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) devices in treating respiratory distress syndrome (RDS) in premature neonates.

Copyright © 2008 by ASME



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