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Lung India Official publication of Indian Chest Society  
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Year : 1997  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 173-177

Experience With Mobile Assisted Ventilatory Care : An Analysis Over 15 Years

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Debidas Ray

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Objective: To provide emergency assisted ventilatory care to needy patients in the absence of any available established intensive care unit (ICU) setup. Patients and Methods: Acutely ill patients referred from medical, surgical or any specialty wards who were considered to be in need of mechanical ventilatory support were provided round the clock assistance with ventilators and associated care in the respective wards by the Respiratory Care Unit. Main Results: A total of 1941 ventilated patients (1269 males and 612 females) with a mean age of 38.5±17.3 years were analyzed. Surgical patients were ventilated for post operative support as well as cases of complications besides cases of trauma. Medical patients included emergencies like various poisoning, snake bites, tetanus, septicemia, CVA, and acute neuroparalytic conditions etc. As many as 1209 patients expired but more importantly others especially many of those with reversible conditions survived. Analysis of physical and laboratory investigations is presented. Conclusion: The mobile respiratory service outside ICU set up could provide vital support to acutely ill patients all of whom would otherwise have faced certain death.

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