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A Recap of Oxygenation v Ventilation

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When confronted with a patient who is having respiratory difficulties, it is important to know whether they need help ventilating (getting air in and out of their lungs), or if they need oxygen due to hypoxaemia (impaired gas exchange).

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Despite seeming similar, the terms ventilation and oxygenation relate to two separate (albeit interdependent) physiological processes. Understanding the difference between the two is critical in being able to effectively treat patients and make appropriate clinical decisions.

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Simple and informative.
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Trenner Forster
26 Jan 2021
Great article very good to read and easily explained
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Damian Poluschkin
15 Apr 2022
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Very informative
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Claire Paskins
10 May 2020
Concise but good over view of key points of respiratory failure.
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Helen Salisbury
19 May 2020
A good comprehensive article explaining the four types of respiratory failure, along with ventilation and oxygenation.
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Brittany Tothill
07 May 2020
The succinct information provided made for a brilliant refresher.
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03 May 2023
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05 Jun 2021
This is a very helpful and concise course to reinforce knowledge and guide practice.
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