BT_PO 1.12 Discuss ‘fast’ and ‘slow’ alveoli, including the concept of ‘time constants’

Theme for the day: mindfulness.

Q. Deflation and Inflation of alveoli can be considered an exponential process. TRUE/FALSE

Q. “Fast” and “Slow” alveoli refers to the compliance/resistance relationship between the alveoli and its supplying bronchiole. TRUE/FALSE

Q. A relatively non compliant alveolus paired with a patent wide bronchiole will comprise a slow lung unit TRUE/FALSE

Q. In the normal lung, alveoli in the apex are “slower” because compliance is less in the apex. TRUE/FALSE

Q. At fast respiratory rates, “slow” lung units may not have completed filling before the onset of expiration. TRUE/FALSE

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