What should be the focus of treatment for respiratory failure in those unable to wean from mechanical ventilation?

Updated: Apr 07, 2020
  • Author: Ata Murat Kaynar, MD; Chief Editor: Michael R Pinsky, MD, CM, Dr(HC), FCCP, FAPS, MCCM  more...
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In patients who are not yet ready to be liberated from the ventilator, one should focus on the cause of ventilator dependency, such as excessive secretions, inadequate respiratory drive, impaired cardiac function, and ventilatory muscle weakness, rather than the type of ventilator or the mode of assistance.

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