Work of breathing: reliable predictor of weaning and extubation.

  title={Work of breathing: reliable predictor of weaning and extubation.},
  author={Scott Alan Shikora and Bruce Ryan Bistrian and B C Borlase and George L. Blackburn and Michael D. Stone and Peter Benotti},
  journal={Critical care medicine},
  volume={18 2},
During the course of a critical illness, many patients become ventilator dependent. The standard assessment criteria are not always accurate in predicting potential for extubation. This investigation was designed to analyze whether the work of breathing (WOB) was a more reliable predictor of ventilator dependence. Twenty consecutive ventilator-dependent patients were prospectively studied. Nineteen required ventilator support for greater than 2 wk and all were considered ventilator dependent… CONTINUE READING
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