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Acute Respiratory Failure: Observations on the Use of the Mörch Piston Respirator

Ann Intern Med. 1966;65(5):957-976. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-65-5-957
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Acute respiratory failure in the patient with chronic obstructive airway disease is a relatively common emergency situation in a general hospital. The usual methods of therapy in this condition are well known and include the use of bronchodilators and expectorants, digitalis for heart failure, antibiotics for infection, oxygen for hypoxemia, and perhaps respiratory stimulants. There is, however, a minority of patients who do not respond satisfactorily to this regimen and require mechanical ventilation. It is the purpose of this paper to present our experience with the use of the Mörch piston respirator in a group of such patients seen during


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