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A Journal on Anesthesiology, Resuscitation, Analgesia and Intensive Care

Official Journal of the Italian Society of Anesthesiology, Analgesia, Resuscitation and Intensive Care
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Online ISSN 1827-1596

 

Minerva Anestesiologica 2001 April;67(4):210-4

SMART 2001 

    ACUTE RESPIRATORY FAILURE

The mechanical ventilator: a potentially dangerous tool

Kolobow T.

From the­ Pul­mo­nary-Crit­i­cal ­Care Med­i­cine ­Branch Nation­al Insti­tutes of ­Health, Bethes­da, USA

Mechanical ventilation is an important therapeutic technique for patients with respiratory failure. Nonetheless, it can be potentially dangerous ,worsening by itself pre-existing lesions and producing new ones. The author carefully reviews the results of a number of long term studies in large animals, which highlight the factors causing ventilator-induced lung injury.When the pathology is not manageable with non invasive approach, invasive mechanical ventilation should be tailored to the patient to avoid iatrogenic damage.

language: English


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