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Why would a patients values drop after a tracheostomy instead of getting better the patient has copd and is trying to wean off the ventilator?

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Which values?: You are asking about an unstable situation. Any number of complications can happen like an uncontrolled infection, a stroke, a heart attack ...Etc.

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Dr. Gutti Rao answered

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It depends: Tracheostomy is done after a prolonged intubation. It per se does not increase oxygenation. O2 sats reflect the lung disease, such as a bad COPD patient or pneumonia.

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