Ventilating the Obese Patient With Acute Lung Injury: Should the Strategy Be Different Than That Adopted for the Patient of Normal Weight?

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Abstract

Synopsis:

Overweight and obese patients with acute lung injury have outcomes similar to those with a normal body mass index and seem to benefit from a low tidal volume strategy of ventilation.

Source:

O'Brien J et al. Excess body weight is not independently associated with outcome in mechanically ventilated patients with acute lung injury. Ann Intern Med. 2004;140:338-345.

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