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Despite major advances in intensive care medicine in the past 15 years, respiratory failure remains an important cause of death. The treatment of acute respiratory failure varies substantially with the training and experience of the physician. Doctors Sykes, McNicol, and Campbell have formulated a simple but practical approach. Normal physiology of respiration and the pathophysiology of respiratory failure are presented in an uncomplicated manner. Respiratory measurements are expressed in kilopascals as well as in traditional units because most countries now use SI units in medical practice. An increase in closing volume, which often exceeds functional residual capacity, is elucidated as
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Respiratory Failure.. Ann Intern Med. 1978;88:137. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-88-1-137_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1978;88(1):137.
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