Complications of the Management of Acute Respiratory Failure and Their Prevention

Faroque Ahmad Khan, Rajinder Chitkara



We present an analysis of the complications or the management of Acute Respiratory Failure (ARF) in 1,955 patients over a ten year period at Queens Hospital Center in New York City. Stress ulcer gastric bleeding, renal failure, nosocomial infections, pulmonary embolism, cardiac arrhythmias, atelectasis, barotrauma, laryngeal and tracheal complications are reviewed. Based on our experience, recommendations regarding the avoidance of these complications are presented.



Repiratory Intensive Care Unit; RICU; Acute Respiratory Failure; ARF; Flexible Fiberoptic Bronchoscopy; FFB; Endotracheal Tube; ETT; Positive End Expiratory Pressure; PEEP

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