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What's the difference between respiratory failure and respiratory arrest?

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Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
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In brief: Nothing

They are largely undefined terms which can refer to roughly the same thing.
Respiratory arrest usually implies you completely stopped breathing, which is rare, but can happen with severe asthma attacks, copd, airway obstruction etc., respiratory failure can be chronic, acute, and caused by dozens if not hundreds of different underlying problems.

In brief: Nothing

They are largely undefined terms which can refer to roughly the same thing.
Respiratory arrest usually implies you completely stopped breathing, which is rare, but can happen with severe asthma attacks, copd, airway obstruction etc., respiratory failure can be chronic, acute, and caused by dozens if not hundreds of different underlying problems.
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