MICU Education

University of Pittsburgh

Acute Respiratory Failure


Respiratory failure is common in the ICU. See the following presentations on:

  acute respiratory failure modes of ventilation COMING SOON:
Weaning of Mechanical Ventilation
(see reference #1 below)
  NIPPV Oxygenation in ARDS  

Grand Rounds


In this Pulmonary Grand Rounds video,
Dr. Michael Donahoe speaks about
rescue strategies in the patient with adult respiratory distress syndrome.

More information, as well as Dr. Donahoe's full presentation, can be viewed here:
Rescue Strategies in the Patient with
Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome

Additional Reading

For recent updates on the latest in mechanical ventilation, visit PulmCCM.

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  1. McConville JF, Kress JP. Weaning patients from the ventilator. N Engl J Med. Dec 6 2012; 367(23):2233-2239.

  2. Slutsky AS, Ranieri VM. Ventilator-induced lung injury. N Engl J Med. Nov 28 2013;369(22):2126-2136.

  3. Guerin C, et al. Prone positioning in severe acute respiratory distress syndrome. N Engl J Med. Jun 6 2013;368(23):2159-2168.