Weaning from mechanical ventilation means the transition from total ventilatory support to spontaneous breathing. It is usually a rapid and smooth process in most of the patients however this can become a progressive and prolonged process in 20–25% of the cases. These patients require a systematic approach for successful liberation from the ventilator. It should be started early once the patients fulfils the criteria for weaning. This weaning has two components: liberation from the ventilator and extubation.


Obstructive Sleep Apnea Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Pressure Support Spontaneous Breathing Trial Extubation Failure 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Respiratory, Critical Care & Sleep MedicineIndraprastha Apollo HospitalsNew DelhiIndia
  2. 2.Department of Respiratory & Critical Care MedicineIndraprastha Apollo HospitalsNew DelhiIndia
  3. 3.Department of Anesthesia & Critical Care MedicineIndraprastha Apollo HospitalsNew DelhiIndia

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