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ACUTE RESPIRATORY FAILURE  SMART 2001


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

language: English

The mechanical ventilator: a potentially dangerous tool

Kolobow T.

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


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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.

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