"improving intensive care in Scotland"

Respiratory failure

oxygen mask

There are 10 pages on this module which take 15 min to read. The associated questions at the end should take 5 min and should be attempted only after the module is completed.

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Educational Objectives

By the end of this module you should be able to:

  1. Understand the pathophysiological mechanisms of respiratory failure
  2. Recognise the symptoms and signs of respiratory failure
  3. List the common and uncommon causes of respiratory failure
  4. Safely prescribe oxygen in respiratory failure
  5. Perform basic emergency management of patients in respiratory failure
  6. Identify patients who might benefit from non invasive or invasive ventilatory support

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