Conventional Respiratory Management of Spinal Cord Injury

John R. Bach, Lindsay Burke, Michael Chiou

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Respiratory complications often result from acute spinal cord injury. Ventilatory assistance/support is often required 12 hours to 6 days after admission and is typically delivered via translaryngeal tubes. When not weanable from ventilatory support, tracheostomy tubes are placed. Supplemental O2 is often provided irrespective of whether or not the patient is hypoxic. This renders the oximeter ineffective as a gauge of alveolar ventilation, airway secretion management, and residual lung disease, and can exacerbate hypercapnia. Thus, hypoventilation and airway secretions must be effectively treated to prevent lung disease and to maintain normal O2 saturation and CO2 levels without supplemental O2.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)379-395
Number of pages17
JournalPhysical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation


  • Respiratory management
  • Respiratory support
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Ventilatory support


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