Why is monitoring/supportive care important for ventilated patients in the emergency department (ED)?

Updated: Apr 07, 2020
  • Author: Allon Amitai, MD; Chief Editor: Zab Mosenifar, MD, FACP, FCCP  more...
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While the role of the emergency physician has traditionally been limited to intubation and initiation of mechanical ventilation, intubated patients are spending a greater portion of their hospital stay in the ED secondary to decreased availability of ICU beds. In this setting, it becomes important to initiate preventative measures to decrease the incidence of the secondary complications of mechanical ventilation, such as ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP), venous thromboembolism (VTE), and stress-related mucosal injury.

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