Discontinuation of mechanical ventilation

P. H S Sporn, M. L. Morganroth

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Most patients who undergo mechanical ventilation are able to discontinue ventilatory support quickly and easily by any of a variety of techniques. A small proportion of patients require prolonged mechanical ventilation. These patients must be weaned from the ventilator by a process in which the level of mechanical ventilatory support is progressively decreased. A systematic and comprehensive approach to correcting or optimizing the factors that may adversely affect the weaning process is important. When to begin weaning in the long-term ventilator patient, mechanisms of weaning failure, and the strategy and techniques of weaning are all discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)113-126
Number of pages14
JournalClinics in Chest Medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine


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