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Asian Journal of Nursing Education and Research
Year : 2019, Volume : 9, Issue : 4
First page : ( 588) Last page : ( 590)
Print ISSN : 2231-1149. Online ISSN : 2349-2996.
Article DOI : 10.5958/2349-2996.2019.00129.0

Mechanical Ventilation

Milap Aditi S*

Assistant Professor, College of Nursing, Narayan Swami College of Nursing, Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India

*Corresponding Author Email: aditiprakash21@gmail.com

Online published on 31 December, 2019.


Mechanical ventilators are one of the great inventions in the medical field which now days play a very important role in the care of a critically ill patient. It provides breathing support to the patients whose respiratory system due to any disease condition or any other health issues is not able to function properly. With this advance technology it has become very challenging for the nurses also to take care of the patients on ventilator. Nurses have also improved their skills and knowledge about caring a patient on ventilator and this has really helped with a good outcome. Now a days the number of patients needing mechanical ventilation is and along with that the number of patients needing prolonged mechanical ventilation (ventilated for ≥ 21 days, for at least 6 hours per day) is also increasing. According to one study done in Mumbai Maharashtra, Researchers studied etiology, metabolic and clinical profile, complications and outcome of patients on mechanical ventilator. Total patients admitted in ICU during study duration were 1150, out of which 34.5% (n= 397) needed mechanical ventilation and 3.91% (n=45) required prolonged mechanical ventilation. Most common diagnoses of the patients were: acute inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (AIDP) 28.50% (n=13), cerebro-vascular accident (CVA): 17.30% (n=8), tetanus 8.60% (n=4) and acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) 6.50% (n=3).(3)



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