Metabolic Alkalosis Complicating Weaning From Mechanical Ventilation

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Abstract

Metabolic alkalosis was identified and confirmed as a precipitator of acute hypercapnea. As a result, weaning from mechanical ventilator therapy was delayed. Correction of alkalosis followed by reduction of Pco2 confirmed the compensatory mechanism during alkalosis, and weaning from intermittent mandatory ventilation then proceeded at an appropriate rate.

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