Traumatic tetraplegia: Noninvasive respiratory management in the acute setting

John R. Bach, David Hunt, John A. Horton

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A 15-yr-old patient with high-level spinal cord injury developed ventilatory failure 24 hr after hospital admission and required continuous ventilatory support. Although he lost all ventilator-free breathing tolerance, he was managed by receiving noninvasive intermittent positive-pressure ventilation rather than intermittent positive-pressure ventilation via an endotracheal intubation. Cooperative, uncomplicated, acutely injured patients with spinal cord injury who develop ventilatory failure are candidates to use noninvasive intermittent positive-pressure ventilation to avoid intubation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)792-797
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1 2002

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation


  • Hypoventilation
  • Noninvasive Mechanical Ventilation
  • Oximetry
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Tetraplegia


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