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Mortality rate from mechanical ventilation?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 57 years experience
Depends: Much depends on the reason for intubation. If done to maintain airway during surgery the rate is almost zero. If done because of an underlying illness which effects pulmonary ventilatory capacity it will depend on the disease, age of patient, underlying issues.
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Dr. William Walsh
Addiction Medicine 18 years experience
Varies: Why the patient has to be ventilated, other medical or surgical issues the patient has, and how much support the patient needs are somewhat predictive of survival. Most patients with respiratory failure recover.
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