Respiratory care of pediatric patients requiring prolonged intubation after cardiac surgery.

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Pediatric patients requiring intubation more than 4 days after cardiac surgery can experience many respiratory and other problems. We found that 48 of 264 pediatric patients could not be extubated within 4 days after open-heart surgery because PaO2 was less than 75 torr and PaCO2 was over 45 torr on an inspired oxygen fraction of 0.4. Most of the 48… (More)

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