Friday, December 26, 2008

Liberation from mechanical ventilation in patients with neurologic disorders

Protocol driven assessment for liberation from mechanical ventilation is well established for patients with respiratory failure, but relatively little has been written concerning patients with neurologic impairment. Patients with impaired consciousness present special problems with regard to clearance of secretions and ability to maintain an airway. The November issue of Critical Care Medicine reports an assessment tool for patients with neurologic disorders.

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