Respiratory failure is a medical term for inadequate
gas exchangeby the respiratory system. Respiratory failure can be indicated by observing a drop in blood oxygenation( hypoxemia) and/or a rise in arterial carbon dioxide( hypercapnia), which can be written as (PaO2 < 60 mmHg, Pa CO2> 45 mmHg).Classification into type I or type II relates to the absence or presence of hypercapnia respectively. (Values in kPa being PO2 below 8kPA and PCO2 above 6.7 kPa
Type 1 respiratory failure is defined as
hypoxaemiawithout hypercapnia, indeed the CO2 level may be normal or low. It is typically caused by a ventilation/perfusion mismatch; the air flowing in and out of the lungs is not matched with the flow of blood to the lungs.Basic defect in type 1 respiratory failure is failure of oxygenation characterized by: PaO2-low(<60mmhg)PaCO2_normal/low(=49mm hg) PA-aO2-increasdThis type is caused by conditions that affect oxygenation like:
* Parenchymal disease(V/Q mismatch)
* Diseases of vasculature and shunts.right to left shunt, ARDS,pneumonia,Emphysema.
Type 2 respiratory failure is caused by increased airway resistance. both oxygen and carbon di oxide is affected. Defined as the build up of carbon dioxide that has been generated by the body. The underlying causes include:
* Reduced breathing effort (in the fatigued patient)
* Increased resistance to breathing (such as in
* A decrease in the area of the lung available for gas exchange (such as in
emphysema).basically there is defect in ventillation, characterised by: Pao2-decreased PaCO2-increased, PA-aO2-normal
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
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Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome(ARDS) is a specific and life-threatening type of respiratory failure.
Congestive heart failure
**Fatigue due to prolonged tachypnoea in
**Intoxication with drugs (e.g.
morphine, benzodiazepines) that suppress respiration.
Emergency treatment follows the principles of
cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Treatment of the underlying cause is required. Endotracheal intubationand mechanical ventilationmay be required. Respiratory stimulants such as doxaprammay be used, and if the respiratory failure resulted from an overdoseof sedativedrugs such as opioids or benzodiazepines, then the appropriate antidotesuch as naloxoneor flumazenilwill be given.
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