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This videotape attempts to cover the pathophysiology of respiratory failure as related to the surgical intensive care unit. The quality of the production is good with appropriate charts and figures accompanying the verbal presentation. However, there are problems related to the discussion of the topic.
Respiratory failure is divided into "acute" and "late" with definitions given, but these categories are in conflict with other standard concepts of clinical problems. Acute respiratory failure is defined as hypoxemia and hypocapnia, whereas late respiratory failure is defined as an arterial oxygen tension of less than 50 mm Hg on 100% oxygen with hypercapnia.
Pathophysiology of Acute Respiratory Failure.. Ann Intern Med. ;99:743. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-99-5-743_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1983;99(5):743.
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