Body mass index affects the need for and the duration of mechanical ventilation after thoracic trauma.

@article{Reiff2007BodyMI,
  title={Body mass index affects the need for and the duration of mechanical ventilation after thoracic trauma.},
  author={Donald A. Reiff and George R Hipp and Gerald Mcgwin and Kayvon Modjarrad and Paul A Maclennan and Loring W. Rue},
  journal={The Journal of trauma},
  year={2007},
  volume={62 6},
  pages={1432-5}
}
BACKGROUND A higher body mass index (BMI) is associated with hypoxia, hypercarbia, and reduced functional residual capacity. The current study evaluates the association between BMI and the need for mechanical ventilation (MV) among patients who have sustained chest trauma. METHODS Demographic and clinical outcome data were collected from patients suffering blunt or penetrating thoracic traumatic injury admitted to a Level I academic trauma center between January 2001 and June 2006 (n = 3,649… CONTINUE READING