Dyspnea in the Mechanically Ventilated Patient
Over the past decade, growing attention has been given to the detection and treatment of pain in intensive care unit (ICU) patients. Interestingly, during the same period, very little attention has been given to dyspnea. Indeed, data regarding dyspnea in ICU patients are scarce and there are no recommendations regarding the assessment and management of dyspnea in ICU patients. Apart from being a major source of discomfort, dyspnea shares many physiological and clinical features with pain. This factor should make dyspnea a major preoccupation for ICU physicians and nurses whose mission is to relieve symptoms in addition to treating disease processes; this is especially true in conscious mechanically ventilated patients who cannot easily complain of symptoms.
KeywordsIntensive Care Unit Patient Intensive Care Unit Stay Respir Crit Pressure Support Ventilation Inspiratory Flow
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