Supportive care

Fluid therapy and vital organ support must be ongoing. The unconscious patient is totally dependent on nursing care, with particular attention paid to eye, mouth, and pressure area care. Nutritional requirements will usually be provided by nasogastric tube.

The unconscious patient may be capable of supporting respiration without mechanical ventilation. However, protection of the airway may not be possible after the cessation of respiratory support. For this reason, an early tracheotomy is useful to provide some airway protection from oropharyngeal secretions.

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Sleep Apnea

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