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Respiratory Failure and Sleep-related Breathing Disorders

  • Anne E. Tattersfield
  • Martin W. McNicol
Part of the Treatment in Clinical Medicine book series (TC MEDICINE)

Abstract

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.

Keywords

Cardiac Output Mechanical Ventilation Respiratory Failure Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Adult Respiratory Distress Syndrome 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • Anne E. Tattersfield
    • 1
  • Martin W. McNicol
    • 2
  1. 1.Respiratory Medicine UnitCity HospitalNottinghamEngland
  2. 2.Cardiothoracic DepartmentCentral Middlesex HospitalLondonEngland

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