A 39-year-old member asked:
is mechanical ventilation dangerous because you can get a lung infection?
1 doctor answer
Dr. Dan Fisher answered
26 years experience Internal Medicine
Yes: Mechanical ventilation is dangerous for a large variety of reasons, but the alternative is not pretty. Long term mechanical ventilation is associated with a well defined risk for ventilator associated pneumonia and close adherence to established protocols has been shown to dramatically lower that risk.
Answered on Apr 29, 2013
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