What are the goals of mechanical ventilation in sepsis/septic shock?

Updated: Oct 07, 2020
  • Author: Andre Kalil, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Michael R Pinsky, MD, CM, Dr(HC), FCCP, FAPS, MCCM  more...
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Answer

The goals of mechanical ventilation include the following:

  • Improving gas exchange

  • Reducing work of breathing

  • Avoiding oxygen toxicity

  • Minimizing high airway pressures

  • Avoiding further lung damage

  • Allowing the injured lung to heal


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