Cycling is the switch from inspiration to expiration.
- It can be triggered by time, flow or pressure.
- Time cycled: inspiratory time determines the start of expiration
- Flow cycled: with spontaneous breaths, once the inspiratory flow rate falls to a percentage of peak inspiratory flow the expiratory valve opens.
- Pressure cycled: a safety feature. Once inspiratory pressure reaches the set pressure limit, the expiratory valve opens.
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