What are the potential complications in mechanically ventilated patient and which are common?

Updated: Apr 07, 2020
  • Author: Allon Amitai, MD; Chief Editor: Zab Mosenifar, MD, FACP, FCCP  more...
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The differential diagnosis of the clinically deteriorating, mechanically ventilated patient is wide and includes endotracheal tube or ventilator dysfunction, improper ventilator settings, pain, anxiety, and pulmonary or extrapulmonary disease processes. [10] The complications most commonly encountered in the ED include hypoxia, hypotension, high-pressure alarms, and low exhaled–volume alarms.

Intubated patients who develop hemodynamic instability with respiratory compromise should immediately be disconnected from the ventilator and manually ventilated with 100% FiO2.

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