Weaning from ventilation

Weaning from mechanical ventilation is an essential and universal element in the care of critically ill intubated patients receiving mechanical ventilation. Weaning covers the entire process of liberating the patient from mechanical support and from the endotracheal tube, including relevant aspects of terminal care. There is uncertainty about the best methods for conducting this process, which will generally require the cooperation of the patient during the phase of recovery from critical illness. This makes weaning an important clinical issue for patients and clinicians. Immediate, uncomplicated post-operative extubation is excluded from the scope of the current statement.

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Dernière mise à jour : 07/12/2015