Intubation & Ventilation  Introduction




Intensive care doctors are frequently asked to assess patients who are in respiratory failure. The implication is that the patient may require ventilatory assistance. Intensivists must have a mechanism for evaluating patients, and deciding the best course of action. There are two steps in this process. The first step involves determining the nature of the patientís respiratory failure. The second step is deciding whether or not the patient requires intubation and mechanical ventilation.

Learning Objectives

  • To learn a logical method for determining the nature of respiratory failure.
  • To determine whether or not a patient requires intubation and mechanical ventilation.
  • To learn the process of intubation and commencement of mechanical ventilation.

Copyright Patrick Neligan 2001-2002




Please note: these tutorials are for personal study purposes only.  They are not currently peer reviewed, and no responsibility will be taken for mistakes or inaccuracies. Reproduction of information is forbidden. All material is copyrighted by the GasWorks Group.