Acute Respiratory Failure
Respiratory failure may be categorised as hypoxemic and hypercapnic respiratory failure.
Simple algorithms help to diagnose and understand the causes of respiratory failure.
Management goals include treating the underlying problem, improving oxygenation and/or carbon dioxide levels and limiting the deleterious effects of such treatment.
Respiratory support can be provided by non-invasive devices or by invasive ventilation.
KeywordsChronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Respiratory Failure Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Exacerbation Critical Illness Polyneuropathy
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