Respiratory failure is the inability of the respiratory system to supply sufficient oxygen (gas exchange disturbance) and / or effectively remove carbon dioxide (ventilation disturbance), resulting in low oxygen saturation and / or high carbon dioxide level in blood.
Symptoms of respiratory failure
Respiratory failure is accompanied by a number of symptoms including:
Bluish coloration of the lips or fingernails
Confusion or loss of consciousness
Fainting or change in level of consciousness
Irregular heart rate (arrhythmia)
Rapid breathing or shortness of breath
If your family member is experiencing a life-threatening emergency, such as sudden confusion, or worsened shortness of breath not relieved by prescribed medicines, call 999 or go to your nearest hospital immediately.
Therapy of respiratory failure
The primary goal in respiratory treatment is to increase oxygenation and improve ventilation. It can also improve the life expectancy.
Gas exchange disturbance
Need compensation of oxygen deficiency, removal of excessive carbon dioxide in some patients
Oxygen therapy, plus ventilation therapy in case necessary
Need support of ventilation
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