Patient with pneumonia and respiratory failure

Last update: Tuesday, 12 Nov 2019 at 16:09

A 46-year-old patient, non-smoker, was admitted to the emergency with cough, purulent sputum, dyspnea and fever for three days. The chest X-ray and arterial blood gas, collected during oxygen therapy by Venturi mask at 50%, are shown below. Respiratory rate was 26 bpm.


How should we classify this patient's respiratory failure?

a) Hypoxemic
b) Hypercapnic
c) Mixed
d) Impossible due to the use of O2

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For this exercise we recommend reading the chapter Acute Respiratory Insufficiency in the MV Manual.

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