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Crit Care Nurs Clin North Am. 2004 Sep;16(3):387-93, ix.

Weaning of the neurologically impaired patient.

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Nerancy Neuro Intensive Care Unit, University of Virginia Health System, P.O. Box 801436, Charlottesville, VA 22908, USA. sdm4e@virginia.edu

Abstract

Many studies have been published on weaning patients from mechanical ventilation, but few have addressed the unique needs of patients with neurologic impairment. Typically, neuroscience patients remain intubated because of concerns over airway protection or neuromuscular weakness. This article discusses special weaning considerations for this patient population. Neurologic-specific weaning trends from a comprehensive ventilator weaning program are also presented.

PMID:
15358387
DOI:
10.1016/j.ccell.2004.03.007
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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