Weaning from Mechanical Ventilation

  • Ubaldo J. Martin
  • Gerard J. Criner


During the past 25 years, there has been a significant increase in the number of patients that receive mechanical ventilation as a means of life support during surgery or life-threatening medical illness. Although mechanical ventilation has clear-cut benefits, it is also associated with a significant number of complications, such as decreased cardiac output, increased intracranial pressure, ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP), and ventilator-induced lung injury (VILI). In addition, mechanical ventilation is expensive and hinders efficient patient movement through the intensive care unit.


Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Mechanical Ventilation Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Pressure Support Spontaneous Breathing 
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  • Ubaldo J. Martin
  • Gerard J. Criner

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