What Have We Learned About Weaning Over the Last Five Years?

  • I. Alia
  • A. Esteban
  • F. Gordo
Part of the Yearbook of Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine book series (YEARBOOK, volume 1998)


Mechanical ventilation is a lifesaving vital support technique which is not exempt from complications [1]. Some of the risks associated with mechanical ventilation, such as nosocomial pneumonia increase with the duration of ventilatory support. For example, Ruiz-Santana et al. [2] reported, in a prospective study of pneumonias in critically ill patients, a cumulative incidence of pneumonia of 8.5% in the first three days after intubation, 21.1% for day seven, 32.4% for day fourteen and 45.6% for longer than fourteen days.


Mechanical Ventilation Pressure Support Respir Crit Spontaneous Breathing Pressure Support Ventilation 
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  • A. Esteban
  • F. Gordo

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