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Respiratory failure happens when a person's lungs can't get enough oxygen to the blood. This is a severe problem that may need to be treated in intensive care.
Many organs such as the eyes, the brain, and the heart depend on a steady supply of oxygen they get from the blood. The doctor will try to get enough oxygen to those organs to keep them healthy.
Many things can cause lung failure. They include pneumonia and other serious infections. The doctor will look for the cause of the problem and then treat it if possible.
To help your lungs get enough oxygen, your doctor may use a few devices. These vary in how much oxygen they give and how they help you breathe. They are:
You will get regular tests to see how much oxygen is in your blood. Tests also can show how well the lungs are working. These tests help your doctor adjust the machines and the oxygen supply.
The doctor will watch you closely.
Current as of: February 2, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Lesley Ryan MD - Family Medicine & John Pope MD - Pediatrics & Marco Mannarino MD - Family Medicine
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