What conditions may require the use of a ventilator?


High-level quadraplegia, vascular accidents, encephalitis, birth defects, brain stem lesions, neurologic disorders, and pulmonary diseases causing chronic air flow obstruction, as well as others, may necessitate the use of a ventilator. See reading assignment “Ventilator Dependency” for more information.

(Deutsch and Kitchen. “Ventilator Dependency.” In P. Deutsch and H. Sawyer (Ed.) A Guide to Rehabilitation. White Plains, NY: AHAB Press.)

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