Respiratory Failure and Sleep-related Breathing Disorders
Respiratory failure is defined in terms of arterial blood gases — a low PO2, a high PCO2 or a combination of the two. The working definition of the normal limits for oxygen and carbon dioxide is loosely set (PaO2 >8 kPa, 60 mmHg; PaCO2 <7 kPa, 50 mmHg). A stricter definition would include so many patients as to be clinically meaningless.
KeywordsCardiac Output Mechanical Ventilation Respiratory Failure Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Adult Respiratory Distress Syndrome
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