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How Long Can You Live On A Mechanical Ventilator
What happens if a patient is intubated and you don't have resources (mechanical ventilator), and its more than 12 hours, how long is bagging effective?
Ventilator vs baggin: Bagging is effective as long as ventilation is provided effectively and the patient is oxygenating appropriately. ...Read more
Respiratory failure: Is treated by supporting ventilation temprarily with a ventilator, while the uderlying cause is treated. ...Read more
May be anyone: Remaining on mechanical ventilation post op can be for many reasons. After some cases this is expected due to large fluid shifts during surgery. Healthy patients can remain intubated if some of the effects of medications haven't worn off, narcotics or muscle relaxants for example. Finally, if there was a problem related to the patient's lungs or airway either acute or chronic can be a reason. ...Read more
Depends: It depends on the reason why the patient was placed on the ventilator in the first place and how they respond. Sometimes an abg is obtained only a few minutes after being placed on a ventilator (e.g. After an emergency intubation); often, an abg is not needed at all (e.g. Intubated for an elective procedure requiring general anesthesia). ...Read more
Many ways....: weaning from mechanical ventilation is the process by which a patient is removed from the ventilator. Sometimes it!s as easy as disconnecting the ventilator and the patient breathes normally. Sometimes it requires a very slow process. There are many factors that determine the weaning process for a certain patient like age, medical conditions( like lung disease, infections, etc.), medications, etc. ...Read more
Occlusion: The high pressure alarm means there is an occlusion somewhere along the system of tubes that lead to the air sacs in the lungs. High pressure can be caused by the patient biting the endotracheal tube, secretions plugging the tube or the airways, bronchspasm, and many other causes. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Before suctioning an intubated patient hooked to mechanical ventilator, is it right to increase the fio2 to 100% to hyperoxygenate the patient?
Usually: That is usually the norm because, you are technically suctioning out air (and thus oxygen) from the lung when you suction. In all reality, does it affect oxygenation that much? Probably not. But, turning up the oxygen to 100% for a few seconds usually causes no harm. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Causes of bradycardia in pt. On mechanical ventilator for last 40days consider now ventilatory dependant was intubated for extensive mi?
Bradycardia: Medications and damage which occurred secondary to the mi would be my top choices. ...Read more
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