What treatments are available for moderate dyspnea in bacterial pneumonia?

Updated: Sep 30, 2020
  • Author: Justina Gamache, MD; Chief Editor: Guy W Soo Hoo, MD, MPH  more...
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Moderate dyspnea requires high oxygen concentrations, such as those provided by a Venti-mask or partial rebreathing face mask. Use these masks with caution in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and/or hypercarbia. Patients in respiratory failure or those with COPD who need high oxygen concentrations may require endotracheal intubation and ventilation.


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