Volume-controlled Continuous Mandatory Ventilation (CMV)
- Volume Controlled …but it can be pressure-controlled
- Volume- limited OR Pressure-limited, Flow-limited (but doesn’t have to be flow-limited)
- Time-Cycled (but it can be volume-cycled if you don’t want inspiratory pauses)
The key feature is, its MANDATORY, time triggered and time cycled, and it ignores attempts to breathe.
Of course, if they wake up, they will start fighting the ventilator, coughing and sucking weirdly against it, as it obstinately blows unwanted breaths into their lungs.
It is an uncomfortable mode of ventilation for anyone who is even slightly awake.