- if PaO2 and pH are within normal limits and PaO2 is about 100 mm but only w/ a high FiO2 or on therapeutic levels of PEEP, pt should be left to breath spontaneously with therapeutic PEEP;
- this is termed CPAP: continuous positive airway pressure;
- as arterial oxygenation improves, PEEP can be reduced in small steps, sequentially following the arterial oxygenation tension;
- when the PEEP level reaches 5 cm H2O, the possibility of extubation may be entertained
Original Text by Clifford R. Wheeless, III, MD.
Last updated by Data Trace Staff on Thursday, September 8, 2011 3:10 pm