MECHANICAL VENTILATION-RELATED OUTCOMES IN PATIENTS RECEIVING MECHANICAL VENTILATION IN A TERTIARY CARE HOSPITAL IN SOUTH INDIA
Dr. Kiran G. Kulirankal, Dr. Sobha George*, Dr. George Paul and Dr. Sudhagar Mookkappan
Mechanical ventilation is an important organ support treatment given to patients admitted in intensive care units (ICU)s. Providing effective life support with minimum risk and optimum comfort is the principal objective of mechanical ventilation. Growing numbers of critically ill patients receive prolonged mechanical ventilation. Although mechanical ventilation is a life-saving strategy in critically ill patients, it also acts as a double-edged sword. Mechanical ventilation is instrumental in the rescue and maintenance of the patient with failing cardiorespiratory function. But there is chance of infection, hemodynamic consequences and ventilator-induced lung injury. The goal of mechanical ventilatory support should be not only to provide effective life support, but also to minimize iatrogenesis and improve coordination between patient demand and machine-delivered breathing cycles. Modern machines provide options to reduce breathing work load, improve comfort, and enhance coordination.
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