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Mechanical Last 'Rights'

Mechanical Last 'Rights' Abstract Earlier, I offered a caution and a brief mental checklist before respiratory and cardiac resuscitation is attempted when this emergency is suddenly encountered in the hospital.1 It contained a plea not to extend the dying process in hopelessly ill patients by intubation and mechanical ventilation. As one heavily involved in intensive care, also called critical care medicine during the past 20 years, I have been delighted with the progress made through advanced technology of life-support systems, including mechanical ventilators. These advances, along with the description and characterization of special forms of acute respiratory failure, such as the adult respiratory distress syndrome, have been exciting. The majority of patients with all forms of acute respiratory failure can be salvaged by supportive means, and many can be rehabilitated to pursue useful and happy lives again. In these instances, mechanical ventilation is used to "buy time" by supporting failing ventilation and gas References 1. Petty TL: Don't just do something—stand there! Arch Intern Med 1979;139:920-921.Crossref 2. Meares RA: On saying good-bye before death. JAMA 1981;246:1227-1229.Crossref http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Archives of Internal Medicine American Medical Association

Mechanical Last 'Rights'

Archives of Internal Medicine , Volume 142 (8) – Aug 1, 1982

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Publisher
American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright © 1982 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
ISSN
0003-9926
eISSN
1538-3679
DOI
10.1001/archinte.1982.00340210034006
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Abstract

Abstract Earlier, I offered a caution and a brief mental checklist before respiratory and cardiac resuscitation is attempted when this emergency is suddenly encountered in the hospital.1 It contained a plea not to extend the dying process in hopelessly ill patients by intubation and mechanical ventilation. As one heavily involved in intensive care, also called critical care medicine during the past 20 years, I have been delighted with the progress made through advanced technology of life-support systems, including mechanical ventilators. These advances, along with the description and characterization of special forms of acute respiratory failure, such as the adult respiratory distress syndrome, have been exciting. The majority of patients with all forms of acute respiratory failure can be salvaged by supportive means, and many can be rehabilitated to pursue useful and happy lives again. In these instances, mechanical ventilation is used to "buy time" by supporting failing ventilation and gas References 1. Petty TL: Don't just do something—stand there! Arch Intern Med 1979;139:920-921.Crossref 2. Meares RA: On saying good-bye before death. JAMA 1981;246:1227-1229.Crossref

Journal

Archives of Internal MedicineAmerican Medical Association

Published: Aug 1, 1982

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