Respiratory failure

Failure to maintain oxygen saturations above 90 per cent or normal blood gases may dictate the need for respiratory support. Oxygen therapy of known concentration should be used initially. Once the PaO2 falls to less than 10 kPa on an FiO2 of 0.4 or the respiratory rate exceeds 30 breaths/min, CPAP should be introduced, using a tightly fitting padded face mask with sufficiently high flows to maintain a positive pressure of initially 5 cmH 2O throughout the respiratory cycle. The stomach may have to be decompressed. Failure to reverse poor oxygenation, irreversible hypercarbia with a pH below 7.2, or further respiratory deterioration is an indication for intubation and mechanical ventilation.

Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea

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