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Mechanical ventilation in adults who need respiratory assistance.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
JAAPA : official journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants
Publication Date
Volume
23
Issue
5
Identifiers
PMID: 20480870
Source
Medline
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Abstract

In the care of postoperative, acutely ill, or traumatically injured patients, hypoxemia and acute respiratory acidosis are commonly encountered life-threatening conditions that require intervention, often via mechanical ventilation. Knowing the indications for initiation of mechanical ventilation in adult patients, the various modes available, and the protocols for weaning and liberation will enable PAs to appropriately evaluate and treat these patients.

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