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Case Study

How to Interpret an Acute Increase in Ventilatory Demand

This case study involves an elderly man admitted to intensive care for acute respiratory failure related to postoperative peritonitis and sepsis. Arterial blood gas analysis helped clinicians determine the cause of an acute increase in ventilatory demand.

Author: Dr. Jukka Takala, Kuopio University Hospital, Kuopio, Finland

  • Respiratory
  • Airway gases
  • Intensive care
  • Clinical