The Gliding-SLICE method: an enhanced tool for estimation of intratidal respiratory mechanics
© BioMed Central Ltd. 2007
Published: 22 March 2007
Focusing on lung-protective ventilation, the analysis of nonlinear dynamic respiratory mechanics appears crucial. Based on the SLICE method we developed the Gliding-SLICE method as a tool to determine respiratory system mechanics. This tool was tested in a nonlinear water-filled two-chamber lung model.
The classic SLICE method  determines parameters of the respiratory system for abutted volume ranges. The Gliding-SLICE method enhances this method by moving a window of analysis along the volume axis. This way, a quasi-continual course of intratidal mechanics can be determined. To test the new method we build up a physical model that consists of two connected chambers filled with water. During inspiration water is displaced from one chamber to the other resulting in a counter pressure. Using wedges of certain shapes we simulated volume-dependent nonlinear compliances.
The Gliding-SLICE method allows one to calculate mechanical parameters of the respiratory system quasi-continually. This allows a more intuitive interpretation of data. The method is not limited to principle constrictions but can be enhanced by ventilatory maneuvers; for example, for separated view on inspiratory and expiratory respiratory mechanics.