What treatment is used for mild shortness of breath in bacterial pneumonia?

Updated: Sep 30, 2020
  • Author: Justina Gamache, MD; Chief Editor: Guy W Soo Hoo, MD, MPH  more...
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For patients with mild shortness of breath, only supplemental oxygen with a nasal cannula may be required for ventilatory support. Ventilatory support becomes necessary when supplemental oxygen is not sufficient or when the patient cannot maintain the increased work of breathing.


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