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Patient Management 

Patient Management
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John W. Kreit

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date: 13 July 2020

In the final section of this book, you’ll learn how to use your knowledge of pulmonary and cardiovascular physiology and the “nuts and bolts” of mechanical ventilators to expertly manage critically ill, mechanically ventilated patients. This section will cover the indications for intubation and mechanical ventilation, how to write ventilator orders, how to assess your patient while they’re on the ventilator, and how to identify and manage dynamic hyperinflation and patient–ventilator asynchrony. It will also review ventilator management in patients with several particularly challenging diseases; specifically, acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), severe obstructive lung disease, and right ventricular failure. Finally, you will get lots of information about discontinuing or “weaning” mechanical ventilation and how and when to use “noninvasive” ventilation.