How is mechanical ventilation administered in the treatment of smoke inhalation?

Updated: Oct 15, 2021
  • Author: Keith A Lafferty, MD; Chief Editor: Joe Alcock, MD, MS  more...
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Mechanical ventilation may be necessary in patients with declining lung function, oxygenation levels, and ventilation. It is given as follows:

  • Positive pressure ventilation with low tidal volumes (3-5 mL/kg)

  • Positive end-expiratory pressure (PEEP), with plateau pressures below 30 cm water


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