What are the indications for intubation and mechanical ventilation in the treatment of status asthmaticus?

Updated: Jun 17, 2020
  • Author: Constantine K Saadeh, MD; Chief Editor: John J Oppenheimer, MD  more...
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Indications for intubation and mechanical ventilation include the following:

  • Apnea or respiratory arrest

  • Diminishing level of consciousness

  • Impending respiratory failure marked by significantly rising PCO2 with fatigue, decreased air movement, and altered level of consciousness

  • Significant hypoxemia that is poorly responsive or unresponsive to supplemental oxygen therapy alone


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