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Weaning from Mechanical Ventilation

Weaning from Mechanical Ventilation is a topic covered in the Pocket ICU Management.

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  • For the majority of ICU patients, weaning from mechanical ventilation is easily accomplished after the underlying disorder that produced acute respiratory failure has been adequately treated. COROLLARY: Don’t attempt weaning until shock is resolved, organ failure is stable to resolving, infection source control is achieved, and so forth.
  • Only a small minority of patients require prolonged ventilator weaning, and this is usually due to weakness and debilitation.
  • Proper sedation and delirium management leads to expedited ventilator weaning.

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Last updated: May 16, 2010


"Weaning From Mechanical Ventilation." Pocket ICU Management, PocketMedicine.com, Inc, 2010. Anesthesia Central, anesth.unboundmedicine.com/anesthesia/view/Pocket-ICU-Management/534052/all/Weaning_from_Mechanical_Ventilation.
Weaning from Mechanical Ventilation. Pocket ICU Management. PocketMedicine.com, Inc; 2010. https://anesth.unboundmedicine.com/anesthesia/view/Pocket-ICU-Management/534052/all/Weaning_from_Mechanical_Ventilation. Accessed April 20, 2019.
Weaning from Mechanical Ventilation. (2010). In Pocket ICU Management. Available from https://anesth.unboundmedicine.com/anesthesia/view/Pocket-ICU-Management/534052/all/Weaning_from_Mechanical_Ventilation
Weaning From Mechanical Ventilation [Internet]. In: Pocket ICU Management. PocketMedicine.com, Inc; 2010. [cited 2019 April 20]. Available from: https://anesth.unboundmedicine.com/anesthesia/view/Pocket-ICU-Management/534052/all/Weaning_from_Mechanical_Ventilation.
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